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Rooftop solar power sales growing fast in city
The sale of unconsumed rooftop solar electricity to government power distribution entities is rising fast in the capital city. According to the latest statistics placed in a review meeting at Power Division, the number of such consumers who are selling their unconsumed solar power to the government distribution companies stood at 50 as of January 27, which was just three in December last year. The rise is more significant in terms of volume, said a top official at Dhaka Power Distribution Company (DPDC) adding that all the purchases are being made under the Net Metering System introduced by the government recently. He mentioned the volume of purchase was 13.3 Kilowatt peak (KWp) until December last which increased to 450 KWp in January this year. “We’re really getting enormous response from consumers. We’re frequently getting new offers from our consumers to buy their unconsumed rooftop solar power,” Ramiz Uddin, executive director of DPDC, told UNB. The DPDC is responsible for power distribution in the Dhaka city`s central, southwest and eastern parts, and in Narayanganj city. The government has introduced the NMS as part of its strategy to encourage the use of green energy across the country. As part of the policy, the Power Division on July 28 last unveiled the "Net Metering Guideline 2018" to buy rooftop solar power from consumers. Officials said the Power Division had issued an official order in August last to all the six power distribution entities of the country asking them to purchase rooftop solar power from at least 20 consumers within the next three months under the Net Metering System. Initially, the big consumers, especially the commercial and industrial, were targeted for such business which rooftop power remains unconsumed during their holidays and weekends. Following the instructions, all the power distribution entities, including Desco, DPDC, REB, Nesco, WZPDC and PDB moved to buy unconsumed solar power from their respective consumers. Within a few months, the national gird received over 3.0 MW of electricity from the consumers. Under the system, any consumer can set up rooftop solar system covering up to 70 per cent capacity of the sanctioned load and sell the additional or unconsumed solar power after meeting his/her demand through a special metre under an exchange arrangement. Consumers will use their own solar power alongside the grid. But on holidays when solar power is not used, they can sell power to the national grid. Even, on the working days, they can preserve their solar power to the grid and sell it to his power supplying company or take it back for its own consumption. At the end of the month, bills will be adjusted on the basis of consumption and sales of solar power to the utilities and the consumer will get payment from the distribution company at a bulk rate if his sale overruns the consumption. Power Cell officials believe the government will be able to buy about 10-12 MW power from rooftop consumers as many large clients like industries, apartment complex, shopping malls and hotels have already set up rooftop solar power plants for their own consumption as part of the government policy. Even, individual consumers, who installed rooftop solar power system, can sell additional electricity to the government under the Net Metering System. Officials said the government has initiated the move to introduce the system aiming to promote rooftop solar energy across the country as part of its plan to generate 10 per cent of electricity from renewable sources by 2020. There is a target to generate 3,168 MW of electricity from renewable energy sources by 2021 in compliance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well, said an official at the Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (Sreda).
Joules Power, BEZA sign MoU to set up solar power
December 25, 2018 Tuesday 7:06 PM By BSS
Joules Power Limited (JPL) and Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA) on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the BEZA headquarters to establish country’s first solar Independent Power Producer (IPP), a 100MW solar farm at BEZA’s Chandpur Economic Zone. Managing Director of JPL Nuher Latif Khan and Executive Chairman of BEZA Paban Chowdhury signed the MoU on behalf of their respective sides, said a press release. As per the MoU, JPL will construct a multipurpose jetty and a 37-kilometer long 132kV transmission line. It will be a private sector venture in the power sector with an investment of $180 million. Under the MoU, BEZA will provide JPL with about 500 acres of land at their Chandpur Economic Zone to establish the 100MW solar farm which is expected to generate and supply power with the most efficient tariff. During the ceremony, Managing Director of JPL and Director of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) Nuher Latif Khan said there are immense potentials in the renewable energy sector in Bangladesh. “Investment in the power sector is very viable for double digit return because of strong power purchase agreements (PPA) and implementation agreements (IA) offered by the government,” he added.
Category: Renewable
RCC to generate fuel, biogas, manure from wastes
December 8, 2018 Saturday 6:36 PM By BSS
Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) has taken a decision in principle to generate fuel, biogas and bio-fertiliser from wastes. To this end, the corporation signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with an American company at City Bhaban conference hall here on November 5. RCC Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton and chairman of West Technology LLC Limited Dr Moin Uddin signed the memorandum on behalf of their respective sides. Chief executive officer of the company Dr Anjuman Shelly, former pro-vice-chancellor of Rajshahi University Prof Mamnunul Keramat, RCC Chief Executive Officer Shah Mumin, Secretary Rejaul Karim, Chief Engineer Ashraful Haque and Superintending Engineer Khandaker Khairul Bashar were present at the ceremony.
Category: Renewable
1.1 MWp solar plant becomes functional at the rooftop of Far East Spinning
November 28, 2018 Wednesday 12:27 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Infrastructure Development Company Ltd (IDCOL), with the support of KfW Development Bank, on November 26 organised an inauguration ceremony of the IDCOL financed 1.1 MWp rooftop solar project at the premises of Far East Spinning Industries Ltd (FESIL), located at Uttor Surma, Habiganj. As the installed project is saving grid electricity consumption of FESIL and thus reducing its electricity expenses, excess electricity is being sold to the government through a net-metering arrangement. Total cost of the project is Tk8.90 crore of which 20% was invested by FESIL as equity, while the remaning 80% was financed by IDCOL at an interest rate of 6% for 10 years. Speaking at the ceremony, Executive Director and CEO of IDCOL Mahmood Malik, said: “It is estimated that Bangladesh has a potential of generating more than 4,000 MW of electricity from rooftop solar energy.  IDCOL has set a target to finance 300 MWp rooftop solar projects by 2021.”  Bangladesh’s Government has expressed its vision to generate 2,000 MW of electricity from renewable energy source by 2020. Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, the power, energy and mineral resources affairs adviser to the prime minister, inaugurated the project as the chief guest. Among others, Additional Secretary and Chairman of Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (SREDA) Md Helal Uddin, Deputy Commissioner of Habiganj Mahmudul Kabir Murad, Deputy Director of KfW Development Bank Md Tazmilur Rahman, Director of Centre for Energy Research of United International University Shahriar Ahmed Chowdhury and Chairman of FESIL Asif Moyeen, were also present at the ceremony.  
Category: Renewable
RU solar panels help meet demand, contribute to national grid
November 27, 2018 Tuesday 11:11 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Aiming for uninterrupted power supply and save power, Rajshahi University (RU) authority installed solar power panels at the campus last year. Each panel is generating about 300 watts of electricity at the power plant while this electricity connected to the PDB (Power Development Board) line directly. Sources said these solar panels primarily installed on the rooftops of two administrative buildings and Vice Chancellor`s resident building under an agreement with Electronic Solar Power Company Limited after the open tender process while the company completed the installation work with Tk 2.92 million. Moreover, the government allocated Tk 8.0 million. After installation of the panel, load shedding or power shortage on the campus has become a thing of the past, as the panel is capable to produce electricity for twenty years. Earlier, the RU authority signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Electronic Solar Power Company Limited in January last year to implement the project. Under the project, solar panels will be installed on rooftops of all other buildings of the university. Engr Obaidul Islam, an official of RU Engineering section said oil and gas pollute environment. That`s why university authority installed such solar power which led to the decrease in the use of oil and gas. Besides, this panel will be able to contribute about 43-kilo watts power in the national grid, he also added. Pro-VC Prof. Chowdhury Mohammed Zakaria said that we should put emphasis on enriching renewable energy sources instead of depending on fossil fuel to face energy challenges. As part of overall infrastructure development inside the campus university authority installed this plant under a four- year master plan which estimated cost of around Tk 3.63 billion while ECNEC (Executive Committee of National Economic Council) has already approved the required fund last year, he added. Source: Financial Express
Category: Renewable
EGCB is looking for partner for solar and wind power generation
November 12, 2018 Monday 7:21 AM By Staff Correspondent, energynewsbd.com
State-owned Electricity Generation Company of Bangladesh (EGCB) is looking for company to form joint partnership to construct a 100 MW solar power plant and a 10 MW wind power plant. An official with the company informed that for the separate solar and wind power plant at Sonagazi of Feni, the company has already asked for expression of interest (EoI) from local and foreign companies. The EoI could be submitted within December 19 this year. Separate memorandum of understanding and joint venture agreement will be signed with the interested company upon selection. At present, EGCB run 210MW, 335MW and 412MW power plants in Narayanganj.
Category: Renewable
Bangladesh produces lowest hydropower in Asia : IHA
November 4, 2018 Sunday 11:35 AM By UNB
Bangladesh has been ranked the lowest hydropower producing country in Asia, according to the 2018 Hydropower Status Report prepared by International Hydropower Association (IHA). According to the report, despite huge potential of hydropower production, neighbouring Nepal has been placed as the second lowest producer of such green electricity. Bangladesh has been producing hydropower with its 230 megawatt capacity while Nepal has the capacity of 968 MW. But both are making their efforts to increase their capacity by commissioning more projects, said the latest report. “A trilateral deal between the governments of Bhutan, India and Bangladesh is also on the horizon, supporting the Dorjilung Hydropower Project (1,125 MW) in Bhutan and export to India and Bangladesh,” said the report. According to the IHA report, Bangladesh’s position, however, in respect to hydropower remained unchanged since 2017. The IHA found China as the leader in Asia and Pacific region which was followed by India and Japan. The Hydropower Status Report mentioned that East Asia and the Pacific have the highest annual increase in hydropower capacity with China contributing the largest share of installed capacity. It reveals that over 90 per cent of the capacity added in 2017 in the region came from China, which increased its total installed capacity to 341,190 MW. It added that Japan is second in the region with an installed capacity of 49,905 MW while India, being the third largest producer with an installed capacity of 49,382 MW. It said India has contributed 1,200 MW by its Teesta III project in the Himalayan north-eastern state of Sikkim. Among the Asian countries, Vietnam was ranked third in the East Asia region with an installed capacity of 16, 679MW.
Category: Renewable
Biogas-solar driven milk chiller demonstrated in Rangpur
October 31, 2018 Wednesday 7:50 PM By BSS
A daylong demonstration of the technology and business model for commercial biogas and solar driven milk chiller was held at diary-based Hashi Farm in village Balapara of Taraganj upazila in the district. The Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (SREDA) of the Power Division of the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources organised the event on Tuesday. The Centre for Rediscovered and Redefined Natural Resources Research and Education (C4RE), Germany-based GFA Consulting Group and German Development Cooperation (GIZ) extended assistance in arranging the demonstration. Chairman of SREDA Md Helal Uddin attended the function as the chief guest with its Member (Energy Efficiency and Conservation) Siddique Zobair in the chair. Joint Secretary (Renewable Energy) of the Power Division Mohammad Alauddin, Director of the Renewable Energy Research Centre of Bangladesh Rural Development Academy at Bogra Nazrul Islam Khan, Chairman of Bangladesh Biogas Development Foundation M A Gofran, Commandant of Rangpur Police Training Centre Mahbub Alam, Deputy Director of the Department of Agriculture Extension Dr Sarwarul Haque and Taraganj Upazila Nirbahi Officer Aminul Islam addressed as special guests. Programme Coordinator of GIZ Al Modabbir Bin Aman delivered welcome speech narrating huge positive aspects of expanded use of the eco-friendly biogas and solar power in running industries and enterprises. The Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (SREDA) and GIZ extended assistance in setting up the technology and business model of the commercial biogas and solar driven milk chiller in village Balapara. The district and upazila level officials of the Department of Livestock and other departments, representatives of different donor agencies and NGOs, male and female dairy farmers and common people of local Ekorchali union were present.    
Category: Renewable
With solar farms and roof panels, Bangladesh inches toward green power goal
October 17, 2018 Wednesday 12:13 PM By Reuters
Bangladesh’s electricity generation from renewable sources has passed the 5 percent mark with the opening of a major new solar plant - boosting hopes the country might meet its goal of getting 10 percent of power from renewables by 2020, experts say. The new 28 megawatt solar power plant in Cox’s Bazar District is the largest yet opened in the country, following the earlier construction of a 3 MW plant. The solar plants come on top of the widespread use of solar home systems in the low-lying country, considered one of those most vulnerable to climate change impacts. Currently about 5.2 million small-scale solar home systems provide electricity to almost 12 percent of Bangladesh’s 160 million people, Dipal C. Barua, president of the Bangladesh Solar and Renewable Energy Association, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. He called the new plant “good news” for the country, saying the accelerating construction of solar power facilities “will build confidence among future investors”. The new 116-acre solar park will supply enough electricity to meet about 80 percent of power demand in the Teknaf sub-district where it is located, said Mahmudul Hasan, chief financial officer for Joules Power Ltd. That area has about 300,000 power users, though little in the way of industrial or large commercial users, he said. Nuher Latif Khan, managing director of Technaf Solartech Energy Ltd., a subsidiary of Joules Power that owns the plant, said the plant had begun operations ahead of schedule. In Bangladesh, “the future of solar power is very fantastic,” he said, noting that company “definitely” planned to invest more in renewable energy, including potentially wind power. Khan said the solar park can produce up to 28 MW of solar electricity at peak capacity and has contracted to provide 20 MW to the government grid. Barua said several other large solar plants are in the pipeline in Bangladesh, after receiving government approval, with a few at advanced stages of construction. MORE COST - THEN LESS While solar plants need a large amount of initial investment to set up, he said, they have very small operational costs afterward, unlike plants that need ongoing sources of coal or other fossil fuels. The government has supported the construction of rooftop solar plants on factories and other commercial buildings, he said, with some facilities on large plants expected to generate a megawatt or more each. With such solar plants, thousands of factories in Bangladesh should be able to meet their own electricity needs, and contribute surplus power to the national grid. “I think one day we will see every building has a rooftop solar power system,” Barua said. However, finding available land to set up ground-level solar plants is a major challenge in densely populated Bangladesh, he admitted. Sheikh Reaz Ahmed, director of the Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (SREDA), said the country’s 2008 renewable energy policy calls for generating 10 percent of electricity from renewables by 2020. With the country expected to generate 20,000 MW of electricity in total by the date, renewables would have to reach 2,000 MW to hit that target, he said. So far Bangladesh generates just over 530 MW from renewables, nearly half of that from hydropower plants, he said. But the country is set to put online another 600 MW of renewable power in 2019 alone, he said, with another 1,100 MW rolled out in 2020 and 2021. Altogether, plants now in the pipeline should bring the country’s renewable energy generating capacity to 2,235 MW by 2021, Ahmed said. Not all the construction is progressing smoothly, however, with some plants tied up in problems with land acquisition and other issues, he said. Meanwhile, energy generation from fossil fuels also is rising to meet soaring demand for energy in Bangladesh, he said. Last year, Bangladesh’s cabinet committee on public procurement approved a proposal to construct 10 new oil-fired power plants, capable of generating 1,800 MW of electricity. In January, construction also began on a 1,200 MW coal-fired power plant in Cox’s Bazar, funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency. That means boosting Bangladesh’s percentage of renewable energy above 10 percent won’t be easy, because “each year total power generation from traditional sources will go up” too, Ahmed noted.  
Category: Renewable
IDCOL extends Tk 694m term loan facility to Sympa Solar Power
October 16, 2018 Tuesday 8:40 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
A term loan facility agreement for Tk 694m was signed between Sympa Solar Power Limited (SSPL) and state-owned financial institution Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL) on October 15, 2018 at IDCOL head office to set up an 8 MW (AC) utility scale solar power plant at Tetulia in Panchagar. SSPL is a joint venture company between Paragon Group and Symbior Solar Siam Ltd. SSPL has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) to sell generated electricity from the project for a term of 20 years to BPDB, said a press release. The tariff of the project will be US$ 0.13 per kWh. IDCOL is providing the required financing as term loan for a term of 15 years at 7 percent interest rate with 2 years of grace period. The Chief Executive Officer of IDCOL, Mahmood Malik and the Managing Director of SSPL, Florian Bennhold signed the term loan facility agreement on behalf of their organizations. Additional Secretary of Power Division, Rahamat Ullah Mohd Dastagir, Joint Secretary of Power Division, Mohammad Alauddin, Managing Director of Paragon Group Moshiur Rahman, Deputy CEO of IDCOL SM Monirul Islam and Head of Renewable Energy of IDCOL Enamul Karim Pavel graced the occasion with their presence.   
Category: Renewable
13,000 ‘char’ villagers come under solar power network
September 4, 2018 Tuesday 7:56 PM By BSS
Solar power has brought a social change in many hard-to-reach villages under Char Ashariadaha union council under Godagari upazila of the district. Although having the problems of food and healthcare services the villages have become enlightened with uninterrupted electricity generated from solar panel. The power also brings many positive changes to living and livelihood condition of the villagers in many ways. Talking to the news agency, solar power user Rahmat Ali of Char Bhubanpara said he could not even think about electricity an era ago though it has become a reality as the villagers there can avail of this facility. Union council Chairman Md Sanaullah said around 30,000 people live in the villages and 13,000 of them in six villages got the power supply connections. The beneficiary villages are: Ashariadaha, Panipar, Bhubanpara, Kanpara, Hanumantanagar and Nawshera. He said the char villagers and owners of the solar power units neither suffer from low-voltage nor load shedding and some of them are crushing paddy at nights using electricity from solar plants. "The char people are watching television programmes to become aware of drugs, child marriage, malnutrition and dowry and using fans, bulbs and refrigerators, charging mobile phone sets, operating computers and doing other daily jobs," Sanaullah added. Housewives Monwara Begum of village Char Nawshera and Anjuara Khaatun of Char Hanumantanagar said they are getting uninterrupted supply of power using solar technology. AVA Mini Grid Project commissioned 594 pieces of solar panels with financial initiative of Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL) providing power supply to six villages, scattered from the main land by the Padma River. "We have started the solar panel and supply line installation works with an estimated cost of around Tk 100 million on November 6, 2015," said Engineer Millat Hossain, plant manager of the project. At present, the panels are generating 148.5 kilowatts electricity and the villages are getting power through the distribution line. Engineer Hossain said the villagers are enjoying the power supply facilities through prepaid card system and they are happy. Union council chairman Sanaullah said IDCOL has brought solar home systems to his villagers. The small solar panels provide enough electricity to charge a phone, run a fan, turn on a light or a TV for the evening hours. Often, in fact, these solar panels perform better than the country`s electric grid, despite their shortcomings. He added that the ability of households to earn an income from their solar systems through the nanogrid opens up innovative business possibilities. For instance, households could reinvest their profits from solar energy trading to upgrade their solar technology to generate even more electricity and thus, profit. Overnight, simple solar users are turned into smart entrepreneurs earning money real-time once their solar systems start producing a surplus of solar electricity.
Category: Renewable
Nepal-Bangladesh to sign energy cooperation pact
August 2, 2018 Thursday 4:18 PM By The Kathmandu Post
After signing an energy cooperation agreement with China last month, the Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation is preparing to conclude a similar pact with Bangladesh. Bangladeshi State Minister of Power Nasrul Hamid is scheduled to make a three-day visit to Nepal starting August 9 to sign the deal. Highly placed ministry sources said a memorandum of understanding would be signed to form a high-level mechanism to oversee electricity trade between the two countries and facilitate Bangladeshi investment in hydropower projects in Nepal. “It has been some time since a high-level discussion was held between the two countries regarding energy trade and investment,” said the source. “If the joint mechanism is formed, it will be a wonderful platform to turn the discussion into reality.” According to the ministry source, both countries have agreed to establish secretary and joint secretary-level mechanisms like the ones Nepal has formed with India. The agreement with Bangladesh will pave the way to export surplus electricity that Nepal is expected to produce within a few years. Bangladesh has repeatedly shown interest in importing power from Nepal via India, and has raised the issue at the meetings of the sub-regional BBIN (Bhutan, Bangladesh, India and Nepal) Initiative which was signed by the four countries to facilitate regional trade and business. Bangladesh has signed a memorandum of understanding with India’s NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN) to import electricity generated by the Upper Karnali Hydropower Project being developed in Nepal by India. As per the understanding, it will import 300-500 MW of energy from the project being executed by an Indian developer.  Apart from signing the memorandum of understanding, the two parties will explore ways to encourage Bangladeshi investments in several hydropower projects in Nepal during the minister’s visit to Nepal. Bangladesh has also shown interest in making investments in hydropower projects in Nepal. Bangladesh first expressed interest in putting money in hydropower during the ninth South Asia Economic Summit it hosted in Dhaka last October. The then commerce minister Romi Gauchan Thakali and his Bangladeshi counterpart Tofail Ahmed signed an agreement on the sidelines of the event to build two hydroelectric plants capable of generating over 1,600 MW of electricity in Nepal. The proposed projects are the 1,110 MW Sunkoshi II and 536 MW Sunkoshi III on the Sunkoshi River in central Nepal. Both countries have agreed to develop the projects under the BBIN Initiative. As per the agreement, the energy produced by the Sunkoshi projects will be evacuated to Bangladesh via India through the BBIN economic corridor. However, no headway was made on this front.    
Category: Renewable
Power utilities to buy solar power from consumers
July 28, 2018 Saturday 8:43 PM By UNB
Power utilities will buy solar power from consumers under net metering system. Power Division Secretary Dr Ahmed Kaikaus announced this on Saturday at a function organised by the Power Division to unveil the newly framed “Net Metering Guideline 2018” in order to buy rooftop solar from the consumers. The function was also addressed by Prime Minister’s Energy Adviser Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury and State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid. The power secretary said each of the distribution companies must buy solar power from at least 20 consumers. It will be treated as a key target under their annual performance agreement (APA) signed with the ministry. “Don’t take it lightly. You must have to sign contract with 20 consumers for buying solar power within next three months”, Dr. Ahmed Kaikaus told the top executives of different power distribution companies. Under the proposed system, any consumer can set up rooftop solar system covering upto 70 percent capacity of the sanctioned load and sell the additional or unconsumed solar power after meeting his/her demand through an exchange arrangement by a special meter. The idea is that the consumers will use their own solar power alongside the grid. But on holidays when solar power is not used, the consumers can sell it to the national grid. Power Cell Director Md Abdur Rouf made a presentation on the issue explaining the billing system and consumers’ benefits. He also informed that there is no lower limit of a consumer’s solar capacity. But the upper limit of the capacity is three megawatt. Addressing the function Dr Tawfiq Elahi said this will create a huge opportunity for the consumers to use their own electricity from solar power and sell unconsumed power to the utilities. He said the industrial consumers will get the best benefit of it as they can be able to sell their unconsumed electricity of the holidays to the national grid. Nasrul Hamid said the new system will boost the green energy production in the country and rooftop of industries and other large buildings will get a good chance to utilise them for solar power generation. Officials said the government has initiated the move to introduce the net metering system aiming to promote rooftop solar energy across the country as part of its plan to generate 3,168 MW power from renewable energy sources by 2021 in compliance with UN-set Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Category: Renewable
Nepal plans to sign deal to export power in Bangladesh
April 17, 2018 Tuesday 10:32 AM By The Himalayan Times
The Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation is preparing to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Bangladesh to strengthen energy cooperation between the two countries. Nepal and Bangladesh have been talking on bilateral energy cooperation since the power trade agreement (PTA) was signed with India in 2014. Nepal has identified Bangladesh as a prospective market for hydroelectricity, which is a clean and renewable source of energy. Following the SAARC member states agreement on ‘SAARC Framework Agreement for Energy Cooperation (Electricity)’ in November 2014, Nepal and Bangladesh have seen the prospects of bilateral power cooperation. Recently, Energy Minister Barshaman Pun also said that the government is preparing to sign an MoU on energy cooperation with Bangladesh through which the country can lure investment from Bangladesh to exploit Nepal’s hydro resources. However, to materialise power trade between the two nations, Nepal and Bangladesh need to hold talks with India. As there is power trade between Nepal and India, and also Bangladesh and India, power trade between Nepal and Bangladesh is not a far-fetched notion, according to Ambassador of Bangladesh to Nepal, Mashfee Binte Shams. Ambassador Shams said that both countries are preparing to sign an MoU on energy cooperation and they can enter into a power trade agreement, which is a more specific document. However, trilateral consensus is must for the PTA to be signed. There is prospect of energy trade between Nepal and Bangladesh as GMR Energy India has signed MoU to sell power produced from Upper Karnali Hydropower Project, which is going to be developed under Indian investment to Bangladesh. For this purpose, an initial MoU regarding connection agreement has already been signed with Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) during the visit of Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to India in April last year. Bangladesh’s current electricity generation stands at around 16,000 megawatts and it will require around 34,000 megawatts of power by 2030 to sustain the high economic growth of above seven per cent. As participating nations have envisioned providing access to sustainable, clean and affordable energy to their citizens by 2030 under the Sustainable Development Goals, Bangladesh has taken Nepal’s hydroelectricity as a reliable source for the rising demand of clean and reliable energy, as per Ambassador Shams.  Energy consumption is relatively low in South Asia as per capita energy consumption stands at 650 kilowatt hours (units) compared to global average energy consumption of 3000 kilowatt hours.  
Category: Renewable
90 MW power can be generated from city’s waste daily: Nasrul
March 22, 2018 Thursday 7:04 AM By BSS
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid on Wednesday said over 90 MW electricity can be generated daily from the waste piled up every day in city corporation areas. “We have to manage waste properly to make the city environment-friendly and through using waste the country can get more than 90 MW electricity daily,” he said while witnessing a memorandum of understanding signing ceremony as the chief guest at Byduit Bhaban here. Nasrul said about 9,000 tonnes of waste is being produced in Dhaka city every day. It is possible to generate one-megawatt electricity from 80-100 tonnes of waste and accordingly 90 MW electricity can be generated from the waste of city corporation areas, he added. Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) and Narayanganj City Corporation (NCC) signed the MoU to produce electricity from waste. Secretary of BPDB Mina Masud-us-Zaman and Chief Executive Officer of NCC ASM Ahtasamul Haque signed the MoU on behalf of their respective side.  Among others, Narayanganj City Corporation Mayor Dr Selina Hayat Ivy, Power Secretary Dr Ahmed Kaikaus and BPDB Chairman Engineer Khaled Mahmood spoke on the occasion.
Category: Renewable
Debonair to buy power from MegaRoof’s solar project
February 27, 2018 Tuesday 10:16 PM By Staff Correspondent, energynewsbd.com
Local Debonair Padding and Quilting Solution Ltd (DPQSL) signed a long term power purchase agreement (PPA) with MegaRoof Ltd on Tuesday, for a large-scale rooftop based solar plant to be set up at Valuka in Mymensinghon its factory rooftop. Solaric, renewable energy research and development company, will install the 324 kilowatt-peak (KWp) grid tied solar project on the rooftop of Debonair’s factory which is a metallic roof with a roof space of 40,000 sft. The company aims at implementing the project in three months from the date of deal signing. MegaRoof Ltd, established and solely owned by Solaric, is the country’s first and only renewable energy service company (RESCO), will be responsible for the operation and maintenance (O&M) of the system for 20 years under a separate O&M contract signed between the parties. This is the first commercial power purchase deal through a solar plant and a milestone for rooftop solar applications in Bangladesh at the privates sector in particular. Mohammed Ayub Khan, managing director of DPQSL and Didar Islam, managing director of MegaRoof Ltd, signed the agreement on respective sides’ behalf at Solaric’s head office in Baridhara, Dhaka. Fahmida Sultana, director of Solaric, Nasir Uddin Ahmed, director of MegaRoof, Farzana Rahman, senior vice-president and head (investment) of renewable energy of Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL), Mir Suman Hussain, manager (business development) and Shahan Ahmed, manager (marketing) of Solaric, among others, addressed the signing ceremony. The estimated total cost of the project is Tk2.50crore, of which IDCOL, a government owned non-bank financial institution, will provide 80% as soft loan (10 years tenure) and Solaric will provide 20% as equity. The financier of the project, IDCOL, has taken front stage in Bangladesh to help finance the dissemination of solar projects in the country. They have already distributed over five million solar home systems around Bangladesh and now, newly add industrial solar rooftop to their portfolio.  Under the agreement, the DPQSL will purchase electricity from MegaRoof’s plant at a cost that is 5% less than national grid connected Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB) tariff during the PPA tenure and enjoy free electricity after the expiry of the PPA term. Didar Islam, is also managing director of Solaric said that the product which Solaric calls MegaRoof, is an industrial solar rooftop system that generates large scale electricity from solar energy for the consumption of large factories and machineries, saving electric bill and helps companies ‘go-green”.  The system is designed to operate seamlessly with the government grid system and captive generators.  Priority is given to solar as the first level of energy to be consumed to ensure clients save significantly on their monthly electric bill, he said. Solaric developed the special zero export controller (ZEC) which ensures that the system operates safely without any back-flow of power to the grid or generator especially during holidays and periods of low consumption, he added. “There are many idle rooftops available in the country which can be used to produce 500 MW of power.  There is a huge market to be filled in this sector and has caught the eyes of companies like Solaric who are able to make rooftop solar technology feasible for commercial use,” Didar said. We hope to make a positive change to Bangladesh’s current power circumstances and help decrease its carbon footprint, he also added. With the threat of global warming and rising sea levels, it is not only a necessity, but also is an obligation for us to make the transition to solar and other renewables as a source of energy.  Debonair, being the visionary, has taken initiative to be the first commercial group to sign a PPA agreement which they hope to start a new trend in Bangladesh and is hoping to influence many other groups to follow.    After the PPA term has expired, Debonair will assume full ownership of the system where they will then enjoy free electricity for the rest of the plant life which estimated at 20 years.  The teams of each respective group expressed their commitment and determination to see through the success of the project and their commitment of doing many more ventures together.  
Category: Renewable
President to attend Int’l Solar Alliance Summit in Delhi Mar 11
February 27, 2018 Tuesday 8:29 AM By UNB
President Abdul Hamid is scheduled to visit India on March 8 to attend the mega inaugural session of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) Summit in Delhi on March 11. “The main purpose of his visit is to attend the Summit,” an official told UNB mentioning that he will visit other places, too. The President will visit Meghalaya, an Indian state on March 8 and 9 before going to New Delhi on March 10, the official said. India is now preparing to host the Summit in Delhi with the presence of over a dozen of leaders, including ones from Asia, Pacific and South America, demonstrating India’s leadership in providing affordable renewable energy. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emanuel Macron, apart from other heads of state and heads of government from countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Seychelles, Ghana, Gabon, Australia, Venezuela, Fiji, Mauritius will join the Summit, diplomatic sources said. Bangladesh formally joined the ISA through signing up the Framework Agreement on ISA in 2016. It has already reiterated the firm commitment towards further promoting renewable energy, more particularly solar energy. With the joining of it, the ISA widened the opportunities for Bangladesh to collaborate with other member of this Alliance in the areas of solar technology, finance, research, innovation and development as well as capacity building, foreign ministry officials said. ISA is a global platform for cooperation among solar-rich countries, which was launched at the Climate Summit in Paris on 30 November 2015.
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