Barisal food company gets solar power system

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Barisal food company gets solar power system
Sushanta Ghosh, Barisal

A solar power pilot project was launched at a food production company in the southern region on Thursday. Officials involved with the project stressed an expanded use of alternative power sources to address the energy crisis.

Bangladesh Solar Energy Ltd (BSEL) installed the 1,500 watt solar power system with 25 panels at a cost of Tk 6 lakh at a factory of Amrita Food Products in Pangsha area near Barisal Airport.

Enamul Huq, managing director, engineer Shahidul Huq, and Nazmul Islam of BSEL; Bhanu Lal Dey, managing director of Amrita Food Products; Abdul Hanif and Abu Sayeed, assistant general managers of Rural Electrification Board, and Abdul Zabbar, district livestock officer, attended the installation ceremony.

The BSEL officials said energy is a human right. The shortage of electricity has remained a great problem in Bangladesh for years. “Therefore, renewable energy sources have become pertinent to address and mitigate the crisis,” one of the officials said.

Solar energy is considered environment-friendly ‘green energy’ and the geographical position is favourable to receiving sufficient solar energy supply almost round the year.

The solar systems have been manufactured with technical collaboration of China and offer round-the-clock door to door supply and installations, warranties about maintenance, after sales service and recycling come with easy loans, the BSEL said.

The REB officials emphasised finding and developing eco-friendly cost effective alternative energy resource and technology acknowledging that the energy crisis is hampering economic growth.

The food products company officials said the power crunch creates obstacles in the way of achieving the targeted economic growth of the country.

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