A total of nine companies including two Bangladesh companies- Rahimafrooz Renewable Energy Ltd, Energypac Power Generation Ltd, have already submitted tender documents to set up the plant in Sirajganj.
In December 17, 2105 State owned North-West Power Generation Company Limited (NWPGCL) invited tender for the project.
Talking with energynewsbd.com on Wednesday, NWPGCL Managing Director AM Khurshedul Alam said that they are planning to award tender for constructing a 7.6MW solar power by April this year.
“We are conducting technical evaluation of the nine company’s proposal. It will be completed within the next two weeks. Basing on the technical evaluation, we will make another shortlist from those nine companies and conduct financial evaluation on them to select the final one to award the project.”
He said that the total process will be completed by April this year. “We are moving on fast-track basis because the government wants to increase its focus on producing electricity from renewable energy sources.”
Khurshedul said that with increased consciousness about the long term adverse effects of global warming due to greenhouse gas emission, efforts are being made all over the world to limit carbon discharge through increasing energy production from renewable energy resources.
The plant will be set up on 23.75 acres of with an estimated cost of$15 million.
As per of the government’s power sector master plan, it has set a target of 3,490MW which be implemented and generated by NWPGCL.
As per the plan, out of that 3,490 MW, 100MW will be generated through renewable energy source. The construction of 7.6MW solar plant by the state owned company is a stepping stone in implementing that master plan.
Meanehile, the Bangladesh government, under its renewable energy program, has also taken plans to generate 2000 MW of electricity from renewable energy sources within 2021.
Out of that, it plans to generate 1,740MW from solar plants. The current production of power from renewable energy sources stands at 437MW.
The government is currently working on to implement several individual solar based power plant projects to generate a total of 152MW. The projects are Dhorola 30MW Solar Park in Kurigram, Rangunia 60MW in Chittagong, Sarishabari 3MW in Jamalpur, Ishwardi 2MW in Pabna, Aricha 1.5MW in Manikganj, Sirajganj 1MW and Gangachhara 55MW in Rangpur.
Besides, in October 1 last year, the Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase also approved the proposal for setting up a 200MW solar park, the largest in the country, in Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar.
The plant will be implemented on a build-own-operate basis by Singapore based SunEdision Energy Holding Pte Ltd.