130MW solar power park sets up soon

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Meet with donors to mobilise fund today
130MW solar power park sets up soon
Staff Correspondent

The government has taken decision to set up a solar panel-based electricity park to mitigate the reeling power crisis through enhancing generation of renewable energy in the country, a senior official said.

The Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources today will seek donor agencies support to set up the solar park.

Prime Minister’s Power and Energy Adviser Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury and State Minister for Power and Energy Muhammed Enamul Huq will attend at the day-long workshop on solar development programme at Sonargaon Hotel in this regard.

As part of a government plan to generate 500MW electricity from solar-based plants by 2014, the proposed donor funded electricity park will generate 130MW of electricity.

Power Division will install the park in private sector or public private partnership, Power Division additional secretary Tapos Kumar Roy told daily sun.

The Power Division has already requested the communications ministry to allot its non usable land for installing the plant, he said.

He added the Power Division has also a plan to use non-grid areas like schools, colleges, public and private offices to install the solar panel.

The government would require $2.5 billion to $3 billion to install 500MW solar panel based electricity park, he said.

“We have sought donors’ financial support in the form of soft loans or grants,” he said.

“The Asian development Bank (ADB) has already assured us of providing financial support to install the solar plant,” the official said.

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