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Grameen Shakti: Using Solar Power to Transform Bangladeshi Villages

For a country where only 40 percent of the population can access electricity from the grid, the possibilities offered by solar power are many. And perhaps Grameen Shakti, a non-profit organization tied to the micro-credit agency Grameen Bank, followed that same train of thought when it spearheaded a solar panel adoption program in rural Bangladesh that allows villagers to purchase subsidized solar panel systems on micro-credit. Shifting their reliance from an overburdened, unpredictable national grid to a decentralized solar system has opened up to 2.5 million Bangladeshis the ability to keep shops open later, adopt formerly unattainable communications methods (especially mobile phone) and create countless job opportunities, just to name a few.

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