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One stop service desk launched for rooftop solar

One stop service desk launched for rooftop solar

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  • Special Correspondent
  • 20 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (SREDA), an extended arm of Power Division, has established “National Solar Help Desk” to provide one stop service on rooftop solar under net-metering. 

The inauguration ceremony of the National Solar Help Desk (NSHD) took place on Thursday on the SREDA premises in cooperation with GIZ Bangladesh, the development cooperation agency of German government.

SREDA said it is committed in its efforts to achieve the national target of renewable energy development.

To realize this goal, SREDA has taken a number of initiatives including issuing a guideline for development of rooftop solar under net metering.

The Net Metering guidelines enacted in 2018 has laid the foundation for implementing rooftop solar projects at industrial, commercial and residential facilities with 3 phase connection.

It allows consumers to transport surplus electricity, after self-consumption, to the national grid.

The National Solar Help Desk will serve as a common platform to support the successful implementation of rooftop solar projects under net metering.

Any interested person can access pertinent information on eligibility criteria, application process, financing options, and implementation process, and technical specifications of rooftop solar system, among others.

All the information will be available in a structured manner in the NSHD web portal – shd.sreda.gov.bd. There will also be options for obtaining service through virtual meetings or a physical visit at the Help Desk at the SREDA office, located in IEB Building, Ramna in Dhaka.

State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid attended the event virtually as the chief guest of the ceremony.

Power Division secretary Habibur Rahman, Bangladesh Energy and Power Research Council (BEPRC) chairman (secretary) Satyajit Karmaker, head of Development Cooperation Section in German embassy were also present at the inauguration ceremony as special guests.

State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid said the establishment of NSHD would help rolling out of rooftop solar projects across the country. “The help desk will serve as a common platform to the rooftop solar projects under the net metering,” he added.

The state minister thanked SREDA for taking the initiative for the relevant stakeholders in the Mujib Year.