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Experts for re-fixing solar power generation target to 30,000MW by 2041

  • Published at 09:03 pm November 8th, 2020
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File photo of a solar panel Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

‘Any plan has to be realistic considering current and future perspectives’

Experts at a workshop suggested re-fixing the target of solar power generation to 30,000MW by 2041 instead of current target of 40,000MW and linking it with other national plans like Delta Plan 2100.

They made the recommendation while discussing the “Draft National Solar Energy Road Map: 2021-41” at a workshop, organized by Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (Sreda) on Sunday.

They also said the plan should be 20,000MW power generation instead of 30,000MW from solar energy by 2030.

“Target of 40,000 MW power generation is an ambitious plan. Any plan has to be realistic considering the current and future perspectives”, said eminent energy expert Dr M Tamim.

The workshop was also addressed by Power Cell Director General Mohammad Hossain, former member of Sreda Siddique Zobair, and Bangladesh Solar and Renewable Energy Association President Dipal Barua.

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UNDP-funded Sreda’s project consultant Shahrier Ahmed Chowdhury made a presentation on the Draft National Solar Energy Road Map: 2021-41, while Mohammad Alauddin, Sreda chairman and additional secretary of Power Division, presided over the program.

Making a detailed presentation on the roadmap, Shahrier Ahmed Chowdhury said there is huge potential for generating solar energy by setting up plants on reclaimed lands, especially in the country’s char areas.

He said some 40,000MW of electricity in Bangladesh could be easily generated from solar energy by 2041, if an action plan is taken as high development case scenario while 25,000MW is possible in mid development and 6,000MW in base case scenario.

He also said the prices of solar panels and other equipment continue to fall with the emergence of new advanced technologies.

He informed that globally, the average cost of solar power decreased by 80% in last 10 years and now the cost of solar power generation is cheaper than liquid fuel-fired power generation.

Mohammad Hossain said the road map should have solutions to address the future changes in implementing the plan.

Tayebur Rahman, deputy secretary of General Economic Division of the Planning Ministry, said the government is very serious to move forward with Delta Plan 2100.

“A DDP has been ready for its implementation,” he said, adding that reclaiming lands in char areas was included in the plan.

Mohammad Alauddin said the Nation Solar Energy Road Map will be linked with Delta Plan 2100 and other national policies while finalizing it.