The government launched 'Friendship Solar Village' in Kurigram district on Sunday with a solar micro-grid to provide uninterrupted power supply to 100 families.
The 54-kilowatt micro-grid has been installed in Goynar Patal Char area, an island in Nayarhat union of Chilmari upazila of Kurigram district.
Some 6 million solar home systems (SHS) have electrified off-grid areas of the country while power has been supplied in some isolated island or villages through submarine cables.
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid virtually inaugurated the village.
He stressed the need for more research on the technology of power generation from waste, wind and sea.
He said the share of renewable energy in the fuel mix is steadily increasing, and rooftop solar and net metering system are profitable business models now.
He stated that special emphasis has been laid on saving electricity as well as increasing customer service.
State Minister for Primary and Mass Education Md Zakir Hossain, Member of Parliament Barrister Shamim Haider Patwary and Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Rezaul Karim spoke on the occasion.