In Bangladesh, more than 355 solar irrigation pumps have been installed by farmers to water crops on more than 9,000 acres of land. A cost-effective alternative to diesel pumps, a solar irrigation pump irrigates 26 acres of land, generating about 10.2 kilowatts of electricity. Every year, Bangladesh imports some 3.2 million tonnes of diesel, while 40 percent of it is spent on running of nearly 14.32 lakh irrigation pumps installed across the country. This year, the Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL), a state-run financial
organisation, has approved 471 solar pumps. IDCOL provides grants to local farmers to help install irrigation pumps using renewable energy.