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Hellqvist, Laura and Heubaum, Harald (2022) 'Setting the sun on off-grid solar?: policy lessons from the Bangladesh solar home systems (SHS) programme.' Climate Policy. (Forthcoming)

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After decades of growth, the Bangladesh Solar Home Systems (SHS) programme, the world’s largest domestic solar off-grid electrification scheme which has frequently been heralded as a model for other developing countries, is in danger of collapsing as end user support and installation levels have plummeted. This paper explores the reasons behind this development, tracing the programme run by the Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL) from its early expansion employing pioneering partnership and financing models, to its more recent decline. It finds that the government’s simultaneous implementation of several competing on- and off-grid energy access projects and lack of regulatory oversight alongside significant subsidy decreases which made SHS uncompetitive, led customers to abandon the programme. This, in turn, is putting at risk Bangladesh’s objective of achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 – affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all – by 2030.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
Departments and Subunits > Interdisciplinary Studies > Centre for International Studies & Diplomacy
School Research Centres > Centre for Sustainable Finance
ISSN: 14693062
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Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2022 10:25

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