The government is working towards the goal of saving 20 percent of energy by 2030, said State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid.
"Some 5.8 million solar home systems have been installed with 50 percent funded by the government," Nasrul said at a virtual meeting with Team Europe Green Energy Initiative (TEI-Green Energy) at the secretariat on Wednesday.Nasrul Hamid said that the issue of importing hydropower from Nepal and Bhutan is ongoing.
Bangladesh is also considering export electricity to Nepal during winter season, he said.
"European Union can assist in the expansion of Bangladesh's renewable sector by providing technical and financial investment at this stage of energy transition," he added.
The state minister also emphasised on experience exchange, policy dialogue and necessary investment in developed countries are needed to create a sustainable energy system.
An integrated international platform has become essential to promote renewable energy (RE), said Nasrul Hamid, adding, "Solar power can be supplied to the region by utilising the existing facilities in India or Afghanistan for the expansion of solar power." In densely populated areas like Bangladesh, increasing solar power will require advanced technology that can be installed in a limited space, he added.
At present, 722.13 MW of electricity is being generated from renewable energy.Power Secretary Md Habibur Rahman, Euro-pean Union Repre-sentative Dario Trombetta, Koen Everaert, Tanzina Dilshad, Chiara Vidussi, Deputy Head of Mission, Royal Norwegian Embassy Kristin Thomassen Wæri-ngsaasen, Sweden Embassy Programme Officer, Development Co-operation Mahbubur Rahman, Sweden Embassy First Secretary Private Sector Development Marcus Johannesson and other officials, among others, were also present at the meeting.