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South Asia's solar power initiatives to watch out for

Solar panels put up on a house to harness solar power

WION Delhi, India Oct 18, 2016, 07.05 AM (IST) WION Edge

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Afghanistan
NGO Norwegian Church Aid has started a project to bring solar power to the remote areas of Afghanistan. The engineers, most of whom are farmers in the villages, receive a fee of up to 70 Afghani each month from each household to repair and maintain the solar power system.

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Bangladesh
As a part of the World Bank- financed electrification project, Bangladesh got its first renewable energy program that is now bringing cheap and reliable electricity to remote areas of the country. It is also the world’s first Programme of Activities for solar home systems under UNFCCC’s Clean Development Mechanism.

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Maldives

Maldives depends entirely on fossil fuels for its energy and power needs and incurs the highest cost of power generation, roughly over US$ 30-40 cents per kilo Watt-hour (kWh). Under a new initiative, a solar island has been proposed to power the island's capital city and 28 islands.

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Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority initiated the Green Islands programme that will provide solar home systems to 173 households and schools in isolated islands of Kalpitiya area. Solar PV modules with a battery bank and other accessories to power 4 LED bulbs and mobile chargers were provided to each household. 

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Bhutan
SELF has developed a solar electric project in Phobjikha Valley to improve the local community’s living conditions.The project has been able to bring clean and reliable solar energy to 151 homes, health clinics and education centres. It also helps families in getting loans at a subsidised rate and trains them in solar technology. 

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Nepal
The SunFarmer project of Nepal in partnership with Photographer’s Without Borders (a non-profit collective group of journalists, photographers, filmmakers) is working to provide a system of solar power network. It is a solar engineering non-profit that installs solar energy systems. 

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Afghanistan
NGO Norwegian Church Aid has started a project to bring solar power to the remote areas of Afghanistan. The engineers, most of whom are farmers in the villages, receive a fee of up to 70 Afghani each month from each household to repair and maintain the solar power system.

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Bangladesh
As a part of the World Bank- financed electrification project, Bangladesh got its first renewable energy program that is now bringing cheap and reliable electricity to remote areas of the country. It is also the world’s first Programme of Activities for solar home systems under UNFCCC’s Clean Development Mechanism.

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Bhutan
SELF has developed a solar electric project in Phobjikha Valley to improve the local community’s living conditions.The project has been able to bring clean and reliable solar energy to 151 homes, health clinics and education centres. It also helps families in getting loans at a subsidised rate and trains them in solar technology. 

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India
India has plans to build the world’s largest solar-power generating facility on a salt-producing plain in Rajasthan. The facility will be on 20,000 acres (30 square miles) of land owned by state government. The site will be surrounding Sambhar Lake, which is an important habitat for birds, particularly flamingos, and is among  25 wetlands of international importance in the country. 

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Maldives

Maldives depends entirely on fossil fuels for its energy and power needs and incurs the highest cost of power generation, roughly over US$ 30-40 cents per kilo Watt-hour (kWh). Under a new initiative, a solar island has been proposed to power the island's capital city and 28 islands.

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Nepal
The SunFarmer project of Nepal in partnership with Photographer’s Without Borders (a non-profit collective group of journalists, photographers, filmmakers) is working to provide a system of solar power network. It is a solar engineering non-profit that installs solar energy systems. 

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Pakistan
The Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park is Pakistan’s first solar-power generating facility. The plan is to install 400,000 solar panels at the facility. With that capacity, it is estimated that the plant will produce 2.5 times the power generated by the 392 megawatt Ivanpah solar thermal plant in California’s Mojave Desert. This will make Quaid-e-Azam one of the largest solar parks in the world. 

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Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority initiated the Green Islands programme that will provide solar home systems to 173 households and schools in isolated islands of Kalpitiya area. Solar PV modules with a battery bank and other accessories to power 4 LED bulbs and mobile chargers were provided to each household. 

(Contributed by: Zeba Khan)

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Maldives
Maldives depends entirely on fossil fuels for its energy and power needs and incurs the highest cost of power generation, roughly over US$ 30-40 cents per kilo Watt-hour (kWh). Under a new initiative, a solar island has been proposed to power the island's capital city and 28 islands

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