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Dhaka, Beijing sign MoU on renewable energy plant
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.
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.
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
Nepal’s first electric bus service launched in Kathmandu
October 25, 2018 Thursday 5:12 PM By The Economic Time
Nepal introduced China-made electric buses on the roads of the capital on Tuesday, with Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli emphasising on the operation of such vehicles to deal with the shortage of petroleum products in the land-locked country. The electric buses have come into operation in Kathmandu with the joint initiative of Lumbini Development Trust and Sajha Yatayat, the public transport corporation. The bus service has begun operation under the South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development Project supported by Asian Development Bank (ADB), according to Sajha Yatayat Executive Director Bhusan Tuladhar. Purchased with a Chinese company at Rs 20 million each, two buses have already been brought to Kathmandu while three others are in process for arriving. The bus has 19 seats and can accommodate 35 passengers. The management of the electric buses - which are also disabled-friendly - will be conducted by Sajha Yatayat, a semi-government body. Prime Minister Oli inaugurated the electric bus service by travelling on the bus from Pulchok-based Sajha Yatayat premises to the Prime Minister`s Office at Singha Durbar Secretariat. On the occasion, Oli said, “It is necessary to emphasise the operation of electric buses during the shortage of petroleum products.” Electric vehicles would be promoted in days to come by coordinating with authorities concerned, Oli said. He said that Nepal Electricity Authority would set up charging stations at 20 different places. “Active participation of private sector is necessary in expansion of electric bus service,” the prime minister said.
Category: Technology
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
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1 MW waste-to-energy power plant in 30 months
Trade panel: Cheap imports hurt US solar industry
BPDB signs deal with Intraco to buy 30MW solar electricity
IDCOL and Ricardo jointly organized conference on unblocking solar IPP investments in Bangladesh
World`s first floating wind farm emerges off coast of Scotland
BPDB signs deal with Chinese firm to build grid-connected solar power plant
GMR, Bangladesh to sign deal to evacuate power
‘No proposal to be taken without tender for solar power plant project’
HELE coal technology key to growth in South East Asia
Saudi Arabia pushes ahead with renewable drive to diversify energy mix
Wind power records set in Scotland and India
Record-breaking solar panel converts 26% of sunlight into energy
ABB launches world’s first digital distribution transformer
RU installs solar plant for uninterrupted power supply
Tawfiq Elahi urges young generation for developing a greener Bangladesh
Solar power will fail to have serious impact on development without innovation
Shetland Islands eye big renewable energy future
1 MW wind power plant inaugurated in Kutubdia
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