With a population of 160 million people, Bangladesh's demand for energy is enormous. Aid money and expertise from Germany, coupled with involvement on a local level, have already accomplished a great deal using the simplest technologies.
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Millions of households and businesses in rural Bangladesh don't have to access to the electricity grid. One startup wants to light up villages by enabling those with solar panels to share energy with their neighbors.
China's mass-deployment of solar power has helped capacity of the renewable energy grow by 50 percent in 2016. Analysts have praised a sharp drop in the price of panels and more government support.
An epic solar car race has begun in Australia, with vehicles crossing the country's tropical north to its southern shores. The World Solar Challenge aims to showcase technology that could be used for commercial purposes.
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