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Mongla, Inani to get wind power plants; one bidder responds
Khulna`s Mongla and Cox`s Bazar`s Inani beach are going to have wind power plants each having 50 MW capacity, as a Chinese company was technically responsive as lone bidder in the tender floated by Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB). “We’ve been informed by BPDB that one single bidder has become technically responsive by complying with necessary requirements,” Mohammad Alauddin, additional secretary of the Power Division said. Lone Chinese bidder, Envision Energy, is technically qualified for the two sites -- Mongla and Inani -- while Kachua upazila in Chandpur district received no bid for the project. Additional secretary Mohammad Alauddin, responsible to deal with renewable energy-related issues, said state-owned BPDB sought the permission for opening the financial offer of the bidder. If the company is found to be financially responsive, BPDB officials hope, the government may award the contract to develop the project on build-own-operate basis under which the company will generate power and the government will purchase electricity from them for a term of 20 years at a certain tariff. According to them, some bidders initially had showed interest to participate in the tender process but they finally received only one bid from a single company for the two projects.    Power Division sources said the government invited tenders from private sponsors to set up the wind power plants on build-own-operate basis in the next two to three years. They said the government had earlier moved to implement a 100-MW wind power project in the offshore areas about eight years ago, but it has not yet been implemented due to the bidder`s failure. Later, the government awarded a contract to an Indian consortium to set up a 30-MW wind power plant in Sonagazi, Feni. The BPDB officials said wind power generation is one of the untapped sectors in Bangladesh. The government`s move is part of its strategy adopted in its Power System Master Plan to produce 10 percent of the total power from renewable sources, they added. Producing wind power requires no fuel, and hence, no harmful gas is produced. Wind turns the turbines, which, in turn, drives the generator, said the officials. However, this green energy also has criticism as it creates a loud noise. Another disadvantage is that its power generation depends on the strength of wind. Therefore, no wind means, no electricity, they said. BPDB officials said the sites for the three projects were selected after a wind mapping exercise, with financial support from the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory. "Nine sites were explored and three of them were finally selected, as wind speed, and velocity appeared very supportive for power generation," said Mohammad Alauddin. Officials said a wind power plant needs stable wind with minimum speed of 5 metres per second. Wind speed at the three locations was found to exceed that. They said a number of wind towers with turbines will be installed at each of the plants. The power generation capacity of each the turbines will be between 5 MW and 7 MW. As per the study, the tariff of each kilowatt hour of electricity might be Tk 8-9, the officials added.
Move to replace diesel-run irrigation pumps with solar-powered ones
November 30, 2019 Saturday 6:35 PM By UNB
The government has initiated a move to adopt a roadmap for replacing diesel-run irrigation pumps with solar-powered ones across the country. Under the roadmap, some 100,000 diesel-operated irrigation pumps will be replaced with solar-powered ones, according to official sources. They said Solar and Renewable Energy Development Authority (Sreda) has been working on preparing the roadmap. "We have already accommodated the views of stakeholders on the issue through organising a national workshop," Siddique Zobair, member of Sreda and additional secretary of Power Division, told UNB. He said Sreda is currently implementing a pilot project in Kustia in this regard. "Once the project is completed and all the data on the pilot projects for technical and financial analysis are available, we will go for finalising the roadmap," he said adding, "Hopefully, the roadmap will be declared by early next year." Zobair said irrigation through solar-powered pumps initially seemed to be costlier. "But in the final calculation, it was found to be cost effective and more economic than diesel-run ones," he mentioned. Other officials said it was found in different studies that if the diesel-run pumps are replaced with solar irrigation ones, it will bring huge benefits for the country. Specially, they said, solar pumps will reduce the use of about 50 percent of water now the farmers are lifting for irrigation. Explaining the matter, they said, when farmers use a solar pump for irrigation, they normally try to lift 20 percent less waster compared to the diesel-pump use. In the solar irrigation process, the water supply to the field will be through underground plastic pipes instead of conventional use of open canals, they mentioned. According to them, such a process will reduce another 30 per cent as there will be no evaporation and sucking of water by soil. Zobair said it was found in the study that when an open canal is used for irrigation, some 30 percent water is misused due to evaporation and sucking by soil. So, he said, when all the positive things are considered, irrigation pumps are cost-effective and economic ones. The Sreda officials also said one solar-run irrigation pump normally covers an area equivalent to one covered by four diesel-run irrigation pumps. "So, if we install 100,000 solar-run irrigation pumps, it will ultimately replace 400,000 diesel-run irrigation pumps," said one of the officials preferring not to be named. He said there were 1.35 million diesel-run irrigation pumps across the country and 1,350 have been replaced with solar-run ones.
Category: Renewable
Govt working to bring 2,646MW power from renewable energy sources
November 30, 2019 Saturday 4:39 PM By BSS
Considering the climate-safe future, the government has taken steps to generate 2,646.54 megawatt (MW) power from renewable energy sources through encouraging private sector as part of its plan to ensure sustainable development. “We are working to increase power generation from renewable sources at a faster phase . . . we have a plan to generate at least 10 percent of our total power demand by 2020,” State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid told BSS here. He said efforts are underway to bring 2,646MW power from renewable sources in phases, as energy plays a vital role in poverty eradication, economic growth and sustainable development of a country. “Currently, about 95 percent of the total population has access to electricity and the present power generation capacity is 22,562MW. We are now getting 625.01MW electricity from renewable energy sources,” said Nasrul. Mentioning that Bangladesh has so far installed 52 lakh Solar Home System (SHS) and achieved the top position in the global list of renewable energy using countries, he said, “We are encouraging private sector to work along with the government for boosting electricity from renewable energy sources.” According to the Power, Energy and Mineral Resources ministry, the world is moving towards green electricity generation to reduce carbon-dioxide (CO2) and greenhouse gas emissions and to this end, the government is encouraging entrepreneurs to set up renewable energy based power plants in the country. Presently, around 21 power plants having a total generation capacity of 2,646.54 MW from renewable energy sources, most of them solar based, are at different stages of installation. Talking to BSS, Director General of Power Cell Engineer Mohammad Hossain said, “With realistic directives from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, our State Minister Nasrul Hamid has ensured transparency and accountability to take the power sector ahead.” The country was starving for energy before 2009 as the then government failed to take any major power project to meet the increasing demand of electricity, he said, adding that but after assuming power in 2009, the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has successfully increased electricity generation by taking a number of projects. According to the renewable energy policy, the government is facilitating investment from entrepreneurs of both public and private sectors in renewable energy projects to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), said Hossain. According to the Sustainable & Renewable Energy Development Authority (SREDA), the government adopted a plan to generate 5 percent of the total energy from renewable energy resources within 2015 and 10 percent by the year 2020, while the country has now capacity for producing power from renewable energy sources 625.01 MW. It said target was fixed to generate 2,896 MW power from the clean energy sources by 2021 following the SDGs and the renewable energy policy obligated that the renewable energy share to be 10 percent by 2020 with 2,000 MW. Bangladesh is also focusing on wind power generation. Asia could grow its share of installed capacity for onshore wind from 230 Gigawatt (GW) in 2018 to over 2600 GW by 2050, a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) finds. By that time, the region would become a global leader in wind, accounting for more than 50 percent of all onshore and over 60 percent of all offshore wind capacity installed globally. According to the “Future of Wind” published at China Wind Power in Beijing, global wind power could rise ten-fold reaching over 6000 GW by 2050. By midcentury, wind could cover one third of global power needs and – combined with electrification – deliver a quarter of the energy-related carbon emission reductions needed to meet the Paris climate targets. To reach this objective, onshore and offshore wind capacity will need to increase four-fold and ten-fold respectively every year compared to today.    
Category: Renewable
50MW Kaptai Lake Solar Power Plant: Feasibility study report by Oct likely
September 26, 2019 Thursday 11:55 AM By UNB
The government is expecting to receive in October next the report of a feasibility study on the proposed 50MW Floating Solar Power Plant Project in the Kaptai Lake. Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (Sreda) appointed a consultant a few months ago to conduct the feasibility study on implementation of the project with the financial support from the Asia Development Bank (ADB). According to official sources, the consulting firm is now conducting the study to find the viability of the floating solar power plant project on the lake which will be the first of its kind while rooftop solar project is conventionally implemented here. Official sources said the government received a positive note from the ADB early this year about financing the project and soon appointed the consulting firm for the feasibility study. As per the initial plan, official sources said, a 50MW floating solar power plant project will be implemented on a pilot basis in the lake in Chattogram Hill Tracts spending Tk 400-500 crore. They said if the Kaptai Lake project is proved to be a successful one, more similar projects will be implemented both in public and private sectors. The government is considering implementing another 30MW floating solar power plant project in the canal of the Teesta Water Barrage area, they mentioned. Official sources said the Power Division formed a high-powered inter-ministerial committee to discuss some technical issues of the Kaptai Lake project as the lake is under Water Resources Ministry while the opinions of the Fisheries and Environment ministries will also be required over the issue. According to the official sources, the recent success of Japan, China, India, Germany, France, China and other countries in floating solar power plant projects prompted the Power Division under the Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry to move for such a green project. Japan was the first country to install a floating solar power plant in 2006 in Chiba by a French firm while China is now the leader in setting up the largest floating solar power plant of 40MW capacity in Huainan city of its Anhui province. Solar projects require huge land and Bangladesh’s main barrier to setting up solar projects is the land scarcity. Power Division joint secretary Mohammad Alauddin informed that installing floating solar power plant projects might be a very suitable concept for Bangladesh as it faces land scarcity problem for implementing solar schemes.  He said the irrigation canal of the Teesta Barrage might be another perfect place for floating solar power plant as a 30MW plant could be installed there. The Teesta Barrage is located on the Teesta River at Duani in Hatibandha upazila of Lalmonirhat district the discharge capacity of which is 12,750 cusec of water. Power Division officials said the move for allowing IPP solar plants is part of the government`s plan to generate 24,000MW of electricity by 2021, the sources added. A special emphasis has been given on power production from non-conventional sources. It aims to increase the total solar power production by 10 percent by 2020 (meaning 2,000MW). The total solar power production in Bangladesh has not crossed 250 MW yet.
Category: Renewable
Govt floats tender to build waste-based power plant
September 26, 2019 Thursday 11:29 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
State-run Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) floated tender last week to build a 1.0 megawatt (MW) capacity waste-based power plant at Keraniganj on build, own and operate basis. The Bangladesh Power Development Board will purchase electricity from this power plant for 20 years. Bid submission deadline for the project -- to be located near Baghoir substation of Rural Electrification Board -- is November 17. The project sponsor will be selected through a competitive bidding process from their qualification statement and technical, commercial and financial proposal and tariff proposal submitted against the qualification document and request for proposal respectively. The selected project sponsor will be required to arrange the necessary financing and to execute the key project documents for the project. The BPDB seeks to qualify interested power project developers which have previous experience in implementing grid-connected wastes to power projects. To generate 1.0 MW of electricity, some 80-100 tonnes of wastes will be required. Currently, around 9,000 tonnes of solid wastes are being generated in Dhaka daily. A similar tender was earlier floated to implement a 5.0 megawatt capacity waste to power project at Jalkuri of Narayanganj. Officials said the Sustainable and Renewable Development Authority and the Power Division have been working over the past several years to initiate projects to utilise wastes for electricity. But not a single project is yet to be awarded to any sponsor for implementation. The government, however, has planned to implement several waste-based power plant projects at Keraniganj, Kushtia and Narayanganj during its tenure.
Category: Renewable
Dhaka, Beijing sign MoU on renewable energy plant
August 29, 2019 Thursday 10:30 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
State-run North-West Power Generation Company Ltd (NWPGCL) inked on Tuesday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Chinese CMC to develop 500- megawatt (MW) renewable energy-based power plant projects. The plants to be developed include Sirajganj 100 MW grid connected photovoltaic solar power plant, Pabna 60 MW grid connected photovoltaic solar power plant, Payra 50 MW wind power plant and other projects to generate 290 MW. The signing ceremony was organized at a hotel in Dhaka. Khorshed Alam, Managing Director of NWPGCL and Ruan Guang, President of China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation signed on behalf of their respective organizations. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Tawfique-E-Elahi Chowdhury, Energy Advisor to the Prime minister Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh has achieved considerable success in implementing solar power. Power Division Secretary Ahmad Kaikaus, and Bangladesh Power Development Board Chairman Khaled Mahmood also spoke on the occasion.
Category: Renewable
Railway to set up rooftop solar plants in stations, workshops
July 30, 2019 Tuesday 11:37 AM By UNB
Bangladesh Railway (BR) is going to set up rooftop solar plants in its stations, office buildings, junctions, workshops and staff quarters across the country as part of government’s plan to promote green energy across the country. Three major stakeholders -- Power Division, Bangladesh Railway, and state-owned financing agency IDCOL (Infrastructure Development Company Limited) -- have agreed in principle to work for the project. According to official sources, about 100 MW of solar-power generation is initially planned to generate by using the rooftops of the railway establishments across the country with investment from the private sector.  The sources at the Power Division said under the proposed arrangement, the BR will provide its space of approximately over 10 million square feet (sft) of rooftops while private sponsors install plants with financial support from IDCOL. Power Division will buy unconsumed electricity from the plants. “An initial consensus had been there over the issue in a joint meeting on July 25 at the Railways Ministry where the Power Division made a presentation on the potential of the project,” said Mohammad Alauddin, joint secretary of the Power Division and in-charge of renewable energy, told UNB. He said German donor agency KfW, the representatives of which attended the meeting, also expressed interest to extend technical and financial support to conduct a feasibility study shortly. Contacted, Railway Secretary Mofazzal Hossain said Bangladesh Railway has agreed with the idea of generating electricity from solar plants using rooftops. He said a technical committee was formed at the meeting comprising representatives of the Railways Ministry and Power Division to examine the project viability.    During the meeting, official sources said, six major railway stations and offices, 17 junctions and five workshops of the railway are targeted for the project. The office is Rail Bhaban, while the stations are Kamalapur, Khulna, Rajshahi, Sylhet, and Chittagong and junctions are in Jessore, Pabna, Abdulpur, Paradaho, Ishwardi, Bagerhat, Joydebpur, Syedpur, Bhairab, Burimari, Rohanpur, Tongi, Tangail, Gouripur, Laksham, and their adjacent offices and staff quarters. The major workshops proposed for the solar plants are Parbatipur, Pahartoli, Ishwardi, Saidpur, and 569 small stations.          Officials said the major stations and offices have huge rooftops of 1.5 million sft while junctions and adjacent facilities have 3.45 million sft rooftop and workshops and small stations have 5.5 million sft rooftops. Once such rooftop solar power projects are implemented, IDCOL officials said, they will annually generate 91 gig watt hours of electricity saving an amount of Tk 54 crore and they will help save about Tk 1,078 crore in 20 years. Power Division officials said they have proposed Bangladesh Railway to implement the project under the Net Metering System (NMS) under which the railway will consume its own electricity first and then sell the extra or unconsumed one to the national grid.      In this case, they said, the railway will lease out its rooftops to private sponsors known as ESCO (energy service company) which will install the plants at their own costs with financial support from the IDCOL. There will be a tripartite agreement among railway, IDCOL and private sponsors while railway will have a bilateral agreement with power distribution companies to sell its unconsumed electricity to the national grid. Officials said neighbouring India has already implemented a large number of rooftop solar projects using the rooftops of its railway stations and other establishments which have been running very successfully.
Category: Renewable
Govt may allow 50MW solar-based PP in Ctg
July 29, 2019 Monday 10:45 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The government is likely to allow a joint venture 50MW solar-based power plant at Barayerhat in Chattogram under a 20-year contract. The Consortium of IB GmbH Vogat of Germany and AG Agro Industries Ltd will supply the electricity at Tk 8.75 per kilowatt hour ($0.1094). The government has invited tender to implement the power plant near 132/33 kilowatt voltage sub-station at Barayerhat on August, 2018. The GmbH Consortium of IB Vogat and the AG Agro Industries Ltd submitted the bid document to implement the power plant. The Consortium of IB GmbH Vogat has been elected as the only responsive bidder to implement the plant under build, own and operate (BOO) basis. According to the official sources, the Consortium of IB GmbH Vogat has already awarded to implement another solar based power plant at Dhamrai in Dhaka last month. The tariff of the Dhemrai power plant was at Tk 8.60 per kilowatt whereas the newly proposed power plant tariff is Tk 8.75 in Chattogram. The power division has already allowed eight solar-based power plants having a capacity to generate 268.77MW of electricity since 2016 at a tariff between Tk 12.80 and Tk 8.80 per kilowatt hour. But, most of the power plant failed to generate electricity timely, sources said. The proposed power plant will supply the electricity under ‘no electricity no payment’ basis. According to the power division, the government has a plan to generate 24000MW of electricity by 2021. Of the electricity, at least 2000MW of electricity will come by 2020 from renewable energy.
Category: Renewable
REB success leaves govt’s solar partners in the lurch
June 29, 2019 Saturday 10:56 AM By UNB
The government’s partners in the solar home system (SHS) program have been nursing deep frustrations over inaction on the part of the state-owned Infrastructure Development Company Ltd (IDCOL) to resolve their problems. According to sources involved in the SHS program, around Tk 2000 crore invested by the partner organisations - who are mainly private firms and NGOs - remained stuck for several years against a backdrop of fast advancement of rural electrification across the country. IDCOL and its POs have jointly been working for the last 15 years to bring electricity to remote off-grid areas of the country through SHS program, which already covered 4.2 million families in remote rural areas against a target of 6 million by 2021. But in recent years, the SHS program experienced a drastic fall in its growth because of the fast-growing rural electrification program of state-owned Rural Electrification Board (REB), which is now providing about 300,000 connections a month to the rural areas.  “Our monthly SHS installation now came down to 2000 a month from earlier 60,000,” said a leader of the association of partner organisations, the Partner Organisation Forum Trust (POFT). He said many rural consumers who earlier installed SHS for electricity pulled out their systems as soon as REB provided them the conventional electricity. Many consumers who installed SHS under an IDCOL-PO credit programme to repay the cost in 3 years just suspended the repayment of loan instalments, and as a result about Tk 2000 crorewas lost. In financing the installation of a solar home system, the IDCOL finances up to 60-70 percent of the cost while the POs invest 30-40 percent. Due to such problem, most of the POs became loan-defaulters being unable to repay their loans to IDCOL. In such a deadlock situation, the POs were demanding loan rescheduling facilities with lowered interest rate for further financing of different renewable energy programmes. IDCOL was also pursuing the policymakers to lower the interest on the credit it receives from the government. Finally, the Finance Division lowered the interest rate to zero percent from the earlier 3 percent. The Finance Division in a letter dated May 29, 2019 to the Economic Relations Division (ERD) said that the rate of interest on the loan received by IDCOL under 9 programs for SHS has been re-fixed to zero percent from 3 percent with effect from July 1, 2018. The POs were expecting that this letter will bring them some relief as the IDCOL would subsequently reduce the 6-9 percent interest rate it in turn charges in providing loans to the POs. “But despite the Finance Division’s decision, no subsequent measures have followed from IDCOL to reduce interest on loan to POs. We are deeply frustrated by this,” a top leader of the Partner Organisation Forum Trust (POFT) told UNB.      He said the POFT had written to IDCOL’s management on a number of occasions, asking for  measures to break the deadlock and overcome the crisis. IDCOL’s chairman of the board as well as ERD secretary Monowar Ahmed admitted to UNB that the Finance Ministry had indeed initiated some measures recently for reducing the burden of interest on a loan. “Definitely, IDCOL will take some measures soon and the POs will get some benefits” he told UNB. As a board-chairman, he would also advise IDCOL management to take measures that encourage new avenues for renewable energy programs in the country, he added.
Category: Renewable
15 MW floating solar plant to be set up in Mongla
June 29, 2019 Saturday 10:45 AM By BSS
Country’s first floating solar power station with capacity of producing 15MW electricity would be constructed at Mongla Pourasabha. The solar plant would be constructed at a cost of Taka 150 crore with financial support of Indian government. A tripartite agreement in this regard has been signed at a function at Mongla Port Authority conference room recently. Mongla Pourasabha mayor Zulfikar Ali, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Premier Solar Powertech Pvt. Ltd of India Sudir Mola and Chairman of Bangladesh Solar EPC Development Ltd Izaj Al Qudrat-A-Majid signed the agreement. The floating plant would be built on about 89-acre areas of two ponds and its vicinity of Mongla Port Water Treatment Plant. Deputy Minister of Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change Habibun Nahar attended the MoU signing ceremony as the chief guest while Assistant High Commissioner of India Rajesh Kumar Raina was present as special guest. Acting chairman of Mongla Port Eng. Altaf Hossain, Director of the Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority Sheikh Riaz Ahmed were present. The plant will come to operation in two years while in first phase it will produce five MW power in six months, 10 MW in 18 months and 15 MW in two years.
Category: Renewable
Rooftop solar power sales growing fast in city
January 31, 2019 Thursday 11:52 AM By UNB
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).
Category: Renewable
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.
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