Solar based irrigation systems are innovative and environment friendly solution for the agro-based economy of Bangladesh. The program is intended to provide irrigation facility to off-grid areas and thereby reduce dependency on fossil fuel. IDCOL has approved 459 solar irrigation pumps of which 324 are already in operation. The remaining pumps are expected to come into operation shortly.
IDCOL has a target to finance 1500 solar irrigation pumps by 2018. The World Bank, KfW, GPOBA, JICA, USAID, ADB and Bangladesh Climate Change Resilience Fund (BCCRF) are supporting this initiative.