Bangladesh: More Low-income Rural Households to Benefit from Solar Home Systems

News Release No. 2011/01

Contacts

In Washington:
Jacqueline Sibanda, tel. (+1) 202 458 2974
jsibanda@worldbank.org

In Dhaka:
Mehrin A. Mahbub, tel. (+880) 2 815 9001
mmahbub@worldbank.org

Dhaka, March 22, 2011 – The World Bank, acting as administrator for the Global Partnership on Output-Based Aid (GPOBA), has approved a grant of US$6.75 million to help more poor households in rural areas of Bangladesh gain access to affordable electricity supply.

The new grant, signed on March 2, 2011, is in addition to a grant of US$7.2 million approved last year, bringing GPOBA’s funding commitment for this project to about US$14 million. The new funds mean an additional 175,000 households in rural areas of Bangladesh will be able to install individual Solar Home Systems (SHS).