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Summit, Friendship to develop solar village in Gaibandha

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 24 August, 2022 12:00 AM
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Summit, Friendship to develop solar village in Gaibandha
Summit Group Vice-Chairman Latif Khan and Friendship Founder and Executive Director Runa Khan are seen at an signing ceremony in the capital recently.

Summit has committed a joint development of ‘Friendship-Summit Solar Village Project’ with Friendship, an international social purpose organisation with focus on climate change adaptation, in hard-to-reach char area in Gaibandha district.

In February 2023, the project will be generating 54 kilowatt (KW) benefiting 205 ultra-poor households, a local market consisting of 26 shops, four primary schools, one Madrasa and Friendship’s Legal Information Booth, which are presently off-grid, said a press release.

Summit pledges about Tk 1.5 crore for the development including 61 decimal land lease, solar panel installation, related logistics and maintenance in Kabilpur char area till 2026.

Latif Khan, Vice-Chairman of Summit Group of Companies remarked, “At Summit, we are strategically looking into green energy. As part of CSR we are initiating this solar village with Friendship.”  Runa Khan, Founder and Executive Director of Friendship said, “Anyone who has seen the mighty River Jamuna in spate, will understand that grids are really not possible here. On the other hand, this solar grid will provide income generating livelihoods and opportunities for children’s education.”

Azeeza Aziz Khan, Director of Summit Group and Member of CSR Committee, Azharul Hoque, Director of Summit Corporation, Md Mozammel Hossain, Managing Director of Summit Gazipur II Power and Summit Ace Alliance Power, Rahad Husain, GM (Finance) and Col Jawad-Ul Islam (Retd), Senior GM of Summit Corporation Limited were present at the signing ceremony.