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Irrigation pumps to be powered by solar panels soon: Nasrul

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 5 December, 2022 12:00 AM
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Irrigation pumps to be powered by solar panels soon: Nasrul
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid speaks at a seminar organised by Northern Electric Supply Company (NESCO) at a hotel in the capital on Sunday.

State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said the government is working to power the irrigation pumps with solar panels soon.

He said the government also initiated the work to install solar panels on the roofs of primary schools across the country to expand renewable energy and increase electricity production.

Nasrul Hamid was addressing a seminar of Northern Electric Supply Company (NESCO) as the chief guest at a hotel in Dhaka on Sunday.

Regarding the power generation opportunities of the distribution companies, the state minister said, "Of course, the power distribution companies themselves can go into production, but it is better if it is through renewable energy.”.

He said that Nesco's distribution area has many grasslands, and there are many opportunities for power generation through renewable energy.

The state minister said that standard and uninterrupted electricity will be provided in the country in the coming years.

“No more power problems. Future power will come from Rooppur Power Plant and nuclear power plants while power from Adani will also come. In fact, Adani's electricity will solve the electricity problem in the northern part of the country,” he added.

The seminar highlighted two issues: uninterrupted electricity and outstanding bills.

Nasrul Hamid said that technology should be used to improve customer services. He urged the companies to take plans with determining and following timelines.

“It is also important to monitor whether the work is being done according to that timeline. The Prime Minister has directed us not to connect industrial factories with electricity here and there. The distribution companies should keep the matter in mind,” he said.

Power Division secretary Habibur Rahman said that NESCO has 1.8 million customers, of which 0.55 million are covered by pre-paid meters.

“Within 1-2 years, 100 percent of customers will come under the prepaid meters. Nesco dreams of a smart distribution by 2025. I hope they will be able to do that first," he said.

NESCO chairman Mohsin Chowdhury said the distribution company reaches electricity to remote areas although economic activities in these areas are few compared to other parts of the country.

“Electricity demand is also slightly less. NESCO is a catalyst in this area. Economic development will bring socio-economic mobility. And this way this area will become the critical economic zone of Bangladesh,” he said.

Power Cell director general Mohammad Hossain appreciated the distribution company saying that NESCO is ahead if we consider the overall aspects.

“But their system loss is still a bit high. They have to get out of here,” he said.

Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (SREDA) chairman Munira Sultana, Bangladesh Power Management Institute rector Mohammad Alauddin, Bangladesh Power Development Board chairman Mahbubur Rahman and NESCO managing director Zakiul Islam were also present, , among others, on the occasion.

It should be noted that NESCO is distributing electricity in 17 districts of Rajshahi and Rangpur divisions of the country.