5 IPP solar power projects hit snag for land problems


15th October, 2016 08:41:11 printer

5 IPP solar power projects hit snag for land problems

The implementation works on five independent power producer (IPP) solar power projects, out of seven, are getting delayed for land-related problems, according to Power Division officials.

They said the five projects are 200 MW solar park in Teknaf, Cox’s Bazar, 200 MW solar park in Gaibandha, 50 MW solar park in Sutiyakandi, Mymensingh, 32 MW solar park in Dharmapasa, Sunamganj, 30 MW solar park in Gangachhara, Rangpur.

The two other solar projects are 20 MW solar park in Cox’s Bazar and 3 MW solar PV project in Jamalpur.

All these seven projects have been worked out for implementation by private sector sponsors as independent power producers (IPPs) from which the state-owned Power Development Board (PDB) will purchase electricity for 20-25 years.

Officials said some 3 acres of land are required for one MW solar park.

All the seven projects’ sponsors were selected on unsolicited basis and most of them were chosen for over a year, but they could not yet start their works to implement the projects.

The Power Division officials said some of the five projects, which are facing trouble, have already received approval of the Cabinet Purchase Committee and the implementing agencies have asked the sponsors concerned to sign final contracts.

After that, it was found the lands of these projects are not ready for use as the ownership was not fully transferred to the project sponsors-the private sector entrepreneurs.

Some lands cannot be used as those awaiting court decisions following the cases filed over their ownership.

Admitting the trouble, Power Division’s joint secretary and Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (Sreda) member Siddique Zobair said the government will soon take decisions about these projects.

“The government will come up with specific decisions over their fate since it will be unwise to wait for an unlimited time to see their implementation,” he told UNB.

Sreda has been giving policy and technical support to different government agencies to select solar projects and pick up their private sponsors to implement those.

Zobair said the government is now looking for its own lands to implement solar projects to avert land ownership complexities.

The government took up the move to implement a number of IPP solar projects as part of its plan to generate 24,000MW of electricity by 2021.