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Grameen is installing 1000 solar home systems a day…in rural Bangladesh!

Posted on Friday, July 27th, 2012 at 9:13 pm by R.J. Ruppenthal

In one of the poorest countries on the planet a renewable energy service company is installing one thousand solar home systems - a day. Not in its capital or busy urban centers, but where 80 percent of the population lives - in rural Bangladesh. The company, Grameen Shakti, literally translates as rural energy. By the end of the year it will have installed a total of one million solar systems and now has expansion plans to install five million systems by 2015. Shakti  is succeeding where business as usual has failed, and in the year of Sustainable Energy for All, it's a success story we should all know by heart.

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This is just the first paragraph of a tremendous post from the Sierra Club's Compass newsletter/blog. It shows that renewable energy can succeed in the poorest countries and can help develop rural communities and livelihoods. Please click here to access the whole story.

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