ADB, Energy For All:
"Solshare is the Uber of the off-grid world"
UNFCCC Spokesperson, Nick Nuttall:
"It is impressive to see so many original and creative ways to tackle climate change"
Director of the Earth Institute, Jeffrey Sachs:
"Bangladesh is home to the world's first ICT enabled peer-to-peer electricity trading network for rural households with and without Solar Home Systems"
"These kinds of local solar power markets are groundbreaking. The decentralized bottom-up approach improves power supplies as it is based on a system controlled by supply and demand. This new business model can be easily applied to other villages"
German Ambassador to Bangladesh, Dr Thomas Prinz:
"This ambitious project demonstrates how innovative German companies can support the development of Bangladesh. By giving more people access to electricity this project addresses a basic demand of the rural population in Bangladesh. The more households join the grid, the better the allocation of electricity and the more reliable the supply for everybody involved"
The Smart Villages concept is engaged in efforts to combat the real barriers to energy access in villages, particularly in developing countries through Information and Communication Technologies. The vision behind this concept is to enable improved energy services and technologies, deliver smarter, inclusive financial services, foster existing entrepreneurial capacity and encourage development through education.
Household and micro business in a swarm intelligence network exchange information with each other to achieve a compounding network effect. A swarm represents an active electrical distribution system that can also extend its infrastructure towards the utility grid. When a user’s solar panel is not working, they can still access energy from other users. Like a swarm of bees, the system is resilient to external shocks.
More households can access electricity that could not be reached before
More households enjoy a more flexible, reliable and cheaper electricity service than before
More households can earn direct income from their SHS by cashing-in what they have fed into the grid