Solar lanterns CDM Programme of Activities, Bangladesh

RAMP Carbon worked with a Bangladeshi client to create a program to help the poorest households in rural communities to gain access to clean, affordable lighting technologies. Only 30% of rural homes in Bangladesh have access to electricity. For lighting, people in rural areas frequently use kerosene burnt in kupis, which are small inexpensive cans of kerosene with wicks, or hurricane lanterns. Both of these lighting devices produce poor quality light and release smoke and fumes, as well as increasing the chance of burns and house fires. The CDM Program of Activities involves the provision of solar powered LED lanterns to rural households without electricity in Bangladesh.  If one-third of the potential demand is met, up to 12 Million Solar Lanterns will be supplied to villages of Bangladesh as a part of this CDM program. These lanterns will replace the existing kerosene lamps in Bangladesh avoiding the emissions of CO2 created by the burning of kerosene to produce light.

RAMP Carbon worked on the design of the PoA and developed an operational manual to be used during the implementation of project activities. The operational manual will ensure that CDM methodological and monitoring requirements are incorporated into the day-today activities of the project team in Bangladesh. In addition to the operational planning, RAMP Carbon provided expert oversight and inputs into the development of CDM project design documents, as well as advice on the incorporation of Bangladesh’s microfinance institutions into the PoA to enable easy access to solar lanterns for the lowest income families.
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