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Bangladesh reveals plans for transition to clean energy

  • Shamim Jahangir from Sharm El-Sheikh
  • 10 November, 2022 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh reveals plans for transition to clean energy

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Due to the price hike of petroleum fuel on the international market following the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the government plans to replace all diesel-powered irrigation pumps with solar-powered ones.

During a side event titled "Expansion of Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Power Sector" at the UN Climate Change Conference in Egypt, Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud disclosed the Bangladesh government's plan to expand renewable energy.

Power Cell Director General Mohammad Hossain moderated the event attended by lawmaker Waseqa Ayesha Khan, chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, and International Solar Alliance Director General Dr Ajoy Mathur.

Dr Hasan Mahmud said the government's main challenge is to provide electricity at an affordable price since the energy price increased over four fold due to the Russian-Ukrainian war.

"The government plans to provide affordable electricity by producing 40 percent of its power from renewable sources, amid despite the 10-12 fold increase in energy prices," he said.

He expressed frustration over the compensation promised to Bangladesh and other vulnerable countries due to climate change.                We have installed three million solar panels despite our limited resources, he said, adding “We need to use modern technology to achieve our goal of renewable energy.”

Bangladesh is a good example of how renewable energy is being expanded, according to Dr Ajoy Mahture.

He said the International Solar Alliance would showcase Bangladesh's success story on the international stage.

Power Cell Director General Mohammad Hossain said the government is pursuing a clean energy transition.

In a keynote presentation, Nirod Chandra Mondol, joint secretary of the Bangladesh Power Division, said Bangladesh produces 948.12MW of electricity from renewable sources out of 25585MW of installed capacity.

"There is the potential to replace 1.4 million irrigation pumps powered by diesel and electricity," he said.

"It will save 400-500MW of electricity if we convert 300,000 three-wheelers running on the grid to solar ones," he said.

There are several constraints to the expansion of renewable energy, including scarcity of land, climate change, grid integration, and lack of funds, he noted.