Bangladesh has enough sunshine and coastline to make significant power generation from wind, water, and sunlight
When thinking about how to meet the ever-increasing demand for electricity in our country, we need to think long-term, we need to think of our responsibility to the environment, and we need to think sustainability.
In short, we need to think clean, green, and renewable.
Right now, the whole world is trying to shift towards cleaner energy sources, and more and more fossil fuel-based and coal-based power plants are being shut down, but Bangladesh is still heavily reliant on coal-based power, as can be seen from the projects in the pipeline.
But we can think bigger -- Bangladesh has enough sunshine and coastline to make significant power generation from wind, water, and sunlight.
Some good work has been done recently in this area -- the Bangladesh-based firm SOLshare has developed the world’s first peer-to-peer solar electricity trading platform for off-grid households, raising $1.66 million in an attempt to make clean energy accessible to everyone.
It is quite remarkable that Bangladesh has around 5 million home systems installed, more than any other country in the world; and yet, much of the country has little or no access to electricity, and demand has reached nearly double our capacity.
Clearly, it is time to invest heavily in alternative sources -- the private sector could be encouraged to do so through tax rate cuts and reduced interest rates as incentives, and the government should look to solar as one of our best bets for the future.
If we invest in clean energy today, future generations will thank us for it.