Bangladesh set to install solar-grid
DHAKA, May 29 (BSS) – Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL), the state owned financial institution, is set to install 2000 solar PV based mini-grid power plants in the off-grid areas of the country.
“Under this programme, with an average capacity of 25 KW, plants will be installed in the off-grid areas to produce 113 kWh electricity per year,” CEO of IDCOL Islam Sharif told BSS.
According to a survey, a solar mini-grid of 25 kW size can save kerosene consumption of 60 households or small shops each of which consumes 8 liters of kerosene per month, which finally save 9,400 tones of kerosene per year, worth about TK 11, 28,000 lakh.
A solar mini-grid of 25 kW capacity will generate electricity for 4.5 hours and produce 113 kWh electricity that finally reduce demand for 82 GWh (GigaWatt) of electricity from the national grid per year, the study said.
According to the power division, IDCOL will select some NGOs or Private entities (PO) as partner organization to implement the programme on the basis of management capacity, financial strength and micro-finance experience.
CEO of IDCOL told BSS that it would assess the proposals submitted by Pos, approves those on set guidelines and disburse grant and soft loan to them to implement it.
“Pos will be responsible for selection of areas and target consumers. They will install the plants and supply electricity to the consumers and obliged to operate the plant for at least the loan period,” Islam said.
Although the country has a vast experience in installing solar home system in remote and off grid areas but the idea to install solar mini-grid is unique.
Recently government has taken up a pilot project to using solar energy in irrigation pumps that is also a new thing in energy sector.
In every month more than 30,000 solar home systems is being installing in the country that added one and half MW of electricity. IDCOL along with other NGO are engaging in installing solar home system.
To promote the RE programme in the country the government lifted all sorts of tax and VAT from the renewable equipment.