Financial viability and eco-efficiency of the solar home systems (SHS) in Bangladesh

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Chakrabarty, Sayan and Islam, Tawhidul. 2011. "Financial viability and eco-efficiency of the solar home systems (SHS) in Bangladesh." Energy. 36 (8), pp. 4821-4827. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2011.05.016
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Financial viability and eco-efficiency of the solar home systems (SHS) in Bangladesh

ERA Journal ID5115
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsChakrabarty, Sayan (Author) and Islam, Tawhidul (Author)
Journal TitleEnergy
Journal Citation36 (8), pp. 4821-4827
Number of Pages7
Year2011
PublisherElsevier
Place of PublicationLondon, United Kingdom
ISSN0360-5442
1873-6785
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2011.05.016
Web Address (URL)http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360544211003410#
Abstract

To analyze financial viability as well as eco-efficiency of the solar home systems in Bangladesh six case studies are carried out in some selected villages of Chhatak upazila in Bangladesh where NGOs like Grameen Shakti and BRAC are delivering and servicing solar home systems. Financial viability of the SHS is measured by comparing prior expenditure (before implementing SHS) for kerosene, automobile battery and other conventional sources. Eco-efficiency refers to an estimator that seeks to maximize the effectiveness of financial viability while counting their costs on the environment. The financial viability and eco-efficiency for six different cases of SHS are calculated and compared. This provides information about the relative performance of the product in six different situations. Solar electrification results a number of income generating new green employments for the rural community in Bangladesh. Although financial viability of SHS is sensitive to kerosene subsidy, this study reveals that the SHS is financially more attractable when it is used for small income generating activities other than used only for lighting purpose. However, almost in all cases this technology is indispensable for improving environmental standard and eco-efficiency of the rural community.

KeywordsBangladesh; eco-efficiency; financial viability; green job; solar home system
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440499. Development studies not elsewhere classified
380105. Environment and resource economics
401102. Environmentally sustainable engineering
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© 2011 Elsevier Ltd. Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

Byline AffiliationsShahjalal University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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