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Plan for 2000MW solar-based power

  • Special Correspondent
  • 15 March, 2023 12:00 AM
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Plan for 2000MW solar-based power
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid speaks at a workshop on “Multipurpose use of land for renewable energy projects in Bangladesh” at Biddyut Bhaban in the capital on Tuesday.

At least 2000 megawatt electricity will be generated from solar-based sources ensuring multi-purpose use of agricultural lands in next one and half years, said State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid.

He was speaking on the sideline of a dissemination workshop on the final report of multipurpose use of land for the Renewable Energy Project in Bangladesh at Biddut Bhaban in Dhaka on Tuesday.

Bangladesh has achieved only three percent of electricity generation target out of 10 percent from renewable energy.

“We have been unable to reach the target. But we are now trying to produce 2000 MW of electricity within one and half years,” Nasrul Hamid said.

He added that the prices of solar panels have also come down. “So, we have already asked the Bangladesh University of Agriculture to take a pilot project so that it will help to expand renewable electricity using agricultural land.”

The state minister also instructed the DPDC, DESCO and NESCO to expand their rooftop solar power projects. 

He added that the ministry was working to ensure smooth supply of electricity despite electricity demand increasing an additional 100 MW daily due to the rise of temperature in summer.

On March 1, 2023, the demand for electricity was 12,892 MW, which rose to 13,046 MW on Monday.