Home Based Electricity Supply (HBES) FAQ

1. What is HBES?

Home based electric supply (HBES) reverses the traditional electricity supply paradigm by making an individual's home or business the source of electricity generation.

By deriving power from clean, non-polluting solar energy, individuals can gather and store solar energy during the day to power lighting and small electric appliances at night. HBES gives individuals not connected to traditional electric grids access to electricity at a market competitive price. The HBES consists of the solar photovoltaic (PV) panel and the associated charge controller and storage battery as a direct current (DC) electricity source. And for a more common alternating current (AC) source, one will need an additional device called the "Inverter" to change the DC electricity to AC electricity. Since the end-use loads like light bulbs, fans, television, refrigerators, etc. are cheaper and more widespread than their DC counterparts, it is more cost effective to use AC systems if the total electricity demand exceeds 100 watts. Technologies used in HBES installations  can also be applied to power WiMAX internet stations, street lamps, mobile phone battery charging, and supplying electricity for fans in advanced high efficiency cooking stoves like the ‘oorja’ developed by British Petroleum and the Indian Institute of Science in India.

2. Why is HBES important?

For the more than two billion individuals who do not have access to grid electricity, HBES addresses a critical need in an environmentally sustainable way. Currently, millions of families in the developing world from Southeast Asia to Sub-Saharan Africa light their homes with kerosene lamps. A kerosene lamp is not only a health and fire hazard, it also contributes to greenhouse gas emissions by burning a carbon-based fuel. Governments in many developing countries would like to encourage the use of solar panels for electricity to cut down on the use of kerosene and their share of carbon emissions while providing the light necessary for children to study and people to work at night.

Likewise, in urban areas throughout the developing world, overburdened electrical grids are unable to meet basic power needs for many. HBES, if properly deployed could be a valuable source of supplementary power in urban areas as well.

3. How is Akash Solar advancing HBES?

Akash Solar was established to leverage a gobal network of researchers, business innovators and world-class suppliers to create design-built solutions for HBES. Through its Bangladesh based subsidiary, Akash Solar Engineering, Ltd. in collaboration with partners in India, China, Southeast Asia and the United States, Akash Solar is bringing energy efficient lighting and water pumping devices and associated solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to developing countries beginning with the Bangladeshi market.

Akash Solar's research and development team monitors technological developments internationally to identify least-cost and environmentally sustainable solutions that are coming to the market place. With additional development work, such light fixtures can be manufactured in Bangladesh to provide highly energy-efficient lighting solutions for rural populations all over the world.

Beyond technological improvements, Akash Solar is also lowering the cost of solar driven HBES systems by developing in-country assembly facilities for solar panels. Local production of HBES has the potential to break open access to electric power for millions providing not only energy for economic development but attractive returns for private investors.

Contact Details

USA

Akash Solar Ventures, LLC
Saifur Rahman, CEO
+1-202-713-5049

Bangladesh

Akash Solar Engineering, Ltd.
+880-2-985-6287
Saidur Rahman, Senior Project Manager
+880-171-542-6215
Hafizul Hasan, Manager (Sales & Technical, dept.)
+880-172-096-2589
+880-168-194-3460