Solar charging station brings success in Rajshahi

17 June, 2019 12:00 AM printer

RAJSHAHI: Success has been attained in the solar charging system installed here experimentally aims at lessening the gradually mounting pressure on electricity, reports BSS.

Auto-rickshaws are being given charges at a cost-effective rate through the solar charging system creating hope among the auto-rickshaw drivers and owners at Damkura area under Paba Upazila in the district.

Launched as a model the project has been meeting up power deficit side by side with generating hope among the public in general.

Apart from charging auto-rickshaw, the solar system has also operating an auto-rice mill that also created a positive impact among the surrounding people at Chabbishnagar area under Godagari Upazila.

The solar power charging stations were installed with technical and financial support from Rajshahi Pally Bidduth Samity (RPBS).

While visiting the stations at Damkura and Chabbishnagar areas recently this reporter found success scenario of the solar system.

At Damkura, 66 solar panels with 320 watt pick capacity were installed on 2000 squire-feet rooftop space of a multi-storied dwelling house generating 70 to 90 kilowatts power everyday in an average. RPBS installed the system at a cost of Taka 48.5 lakh.

Talking to the agency on the issue Shafiqul Islam, owner of the house, says he has earned Taka 19,000 after charging auto rickshaw during last three months.  He expected that the monthly earning will rise in future. The house-owner gets fifty-percent of the profit share as per contract signed between the two sides.

“We will be capable of charging 15 auto-rickshaw everyday in the days to come instead of the present five to six ones,” he said. Apart from this, power can also be supplied to households and business establishments in limited scale from the generated power system.

As an eco-friendly and cost-effective venture in the area the charging station will play vital role to charge the rickshaw batteries instead of using any grid power.

Meanwhile, 37 panels with capacity of 320 watts pick has been installed on 1000 squire-feet area in an automatic rice mill at Chabbishnagar area at a cost of Taka 5.5 lakh generating power from 40 to 45 kilowatts every day.

On the other hand, solar power has brought a social change in many hard-to-reach villages under Char Ashariadaha Union Parishad (UP) in Godagari Upazila.

Although there are 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 agency, solar power user Rahmat Ali of Char Bhubanppara 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.

UP Chairman Md Sanaullah told the agency that 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.