Bangladesh, ISA Agreement For Enhanced Solar Energy Use

Highlights :

  • The agreement was signed between the ISA Director General Ajay Mathur and the Bangladesh Power Division Secretary Md. Habibur Rahman.
  • Bangladesh aims to produce 4000 MW of solar power by the end of 2030 for which various projects have been taken up.

The Bangladesh Government has announced the signing of an agreement with the International Solar Alliance (ISA) to increase the use of solar energy in the country. The agreement was signed between the ISA Director General Ajay Mathur and the Bangladesh Power Division Secretary Md. Habibur Rahman.

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The agreement is expected to be implemented by December 2026.

Bangladesh State Minister for Power Nasrul Hamid said that the government has set up a target of generating 40 percent of its total energy through renewable sources by 2041. Bangladesh also aims to produce 4000 MW of solar power by the end of 2030 for which various projects have been taken up.

The Minister said that use of renewable energy sources like wind power, energy from trash, and hydropower is also being promoted in the country. Net Metering guidelines for rooftop solar installations have also been implemented. The government of Bangladesh is also encouraging the use of solar power in agriculture.

The statement mentioned that multiple projects will be taken up under the agreement signed between the government of Bangladesh and the International Solar Alliance (ISA). These include 12 trolley mounted solar irrigation systems of 2 kw each for Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI), 12 portable solar paddy threshers of 2 kw each, 1.5 kw solar drinking water plant, installation of two rooftop solar of 22 KW capacity and any one railway installation of rooftop solar projects on platforms among others.

The International Solar Alliance (ISA) is a coalition of 123 countries aimed at promoting the use of solar energy and deployment of solar technology to ensure energy security and move towards sustainable energy use among participating countries.

The present installed capacity of renewable energy in Bangladesh is just over 950 MW. The country wants to achieve the 40 per cent RE target in phase wise manner and it will also import 9000 MW of renewable power from neighbouring countries including India.

Recently, Solar EPC firm Rays Power Infra announced the commissioning of a 275 MW(DC) grid-connected solar power plant in Sundarganj, Gaibandha which is the largest solar installation in Bangladesh.

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