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Climate Change Program

Our Aim

As one of the largest and the most disaster-prone populous deltas in the world, Bangladesh, is especially vulnerable to climate change consequences. Shakti's Climate Change Program is relentlessly addressing the nation’s urgent need through highly impactful climate-smart and resilient initiatives.

  • 59,731 Solar Home Systems
  • 20,791 Trees Planted
  • 1,063 KW Power Exported to National Grid

Green Public Spaces

One of Shakti’s objectives is to contribute to building a climate-resilient nation through effective, community-based adaptation strategies. By reimagining abandoned, forsaken areas into green centers of life and recreation, Shakti aims to weave sustainability and resilience into our communities.

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Muktir Shobujayon Prokalpa (Greening for Liberation Project)

In collaboration with Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC), and jointly funded by MetLife Foundation, Shakti Foundation has implemented The Muktir Shobujayon Prokalpa (Greening for Liberation Project) with the aim of transforming the abandoned land opposite the Jallad Khana Memorial into a modern, green and child-friendly public space. A total of 1,000 trees have been planted in the area. In addition, Jollad Khana Garbage Secondary Transfer Station (STS), a malodorous and unsightly dumping ground, has been given a fresh makeover by renowned Cartoonist Syed Rashad Imam Tanmoy and his team. To champion sustainability in the area, Shakti will facilitate further urban green space interventions at the Jallad Khana Memorial site and its adjoining public area for the next two years.

Shakti Founding Day Green Space Initiative, 2023

To celebrate Shakti Foundation’s 31st anniversary on April 1, 2023, a month long, nationwide green space initiative has been undertaken. The designated location of these green space interventions are the respective Deputy Commissioner’s (DC) office premises (21 districts), cluster villages for disaster effected families (5 districts), parks (4 districts), public schools (3 districts) and police station (1 district). At each location, at least 50 trees of various kinds have been planted by our local team.

  • Districts: 34
  • Trees Planted: 1,817

Tree Planting Program

Funded by HSBC Bank and organized by Shakti in collaboration with Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC), this initiative is set to restore the Lautala Canal of Ward No. 31 in Mohammadpur Basila of Dhaka. Thus far, 1050 trees of different kinds have been planted in the area.

Solar Initiative

Shakti started its renewable energy journey in 2010 with the aim of providing solar power options to off-grid districts in remote areas of Bangladesh. Households were offered a convenient payment scheme for the installation of Solar Home Systems, alongside training on proper equipment use and maintenance. Currently, the Solar Initiative has sales centers in 6 upazilas (Terokhada, Goalanda, Saltha, Nagarpur, Sapahar and Sariakandi) and the following active solar energy systems:

  • 56,038 Solar Home System
  • 62 Solar AC System
  • 83 Solar DC System
  • 3,548 Solar Street Light
  • 59,731 Units Total

Action Research Project On Selling Electricity From SHS To National Grid

Action Research Project on Selling Electricity from SHS to National Grid: SOLshare has recently joined hands with Shakti to launch a pathbreaking action research initiative in the renewable energy sector. Through P2P technology, users could trade the excess energy in their respective systems with their local community for a given price. But now, by way of a single point called the “Point of Common Coupling” (PCC), this initiative would allow users to go one step further and sell the excess solar energy to the national grid as an added income source. The PCC integrates Bangladesh's two major electrification efforts – grid extension and SHS dissemination. The Rural Electrification Board (REB) grid is connected to one side of the PCC, while the local electrical grid from the SHS is connected to the other side so the excess energy can be easily transferred. This initiative not only explores the feasibility of creating financial opportunities for microentrepreneurs and marginalized communities but also supports the self-sustainability push against power outages and service disruptions. Shakti Foundation, with the funding from FCDO, is implementing this research pilot project under the regulatory sandbox in Dhobaura Upazila of Mymensingh district.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) embedded in the Program