Picture: IDCOL Solar Home System Program
Installation of SHS is one of the main activities of RSF. From its inception RSF has installed 5,98,431 SHS by December, 2020 through its 95 Unit Offices under IDCOL, GTZ and RSF own financing program.
Small Solar Home System Pilot Program:
At present IDCOL is financing for 30 WP and above size through REREDP Program, So lower income group into the renewable energy technology program. RSF has initiated the project with the financial support of GTZ. The project is speculated as pilot project to find out the sustainability. After successful implementation of the project, now it is incorporated into the IDCOL regular program.
The program is defined as pilot project to find out the potentiality of Small Solar Home System in rural areas. To facilitate the lower income group RSF has designed the small SHS (16WP & 21Wp) with low power LED lighting device. Initially 200 small SHS under the pilot project and finally 700 SHS has been installed.
Mini SHS to Reach the Pro-poor:
Successful implementation of small SHS has inspired to take pilot initiative for finding the technical and economical scope and impact of mini SHS. With the financial support of GTZ, RSF is implementing the program at field level. Under the framework of the project, RSF is installing 500 small solar home systems for the very low income group. The system is based on 7.5 WP PV module with a 7.5 AH rechargeable maintenance free battery and few small lighting devices. Main targeted users of the system are small grocery shop, small home business as well as small home in rural areas where there is no electricity. So far 500 has been installed.