Bangladesh wants to Beijing to speed its solar aspiration

Jun 10, 2020 06:43 PM ET
  • The two federal governments will certainly form a JV which will certainly see China invest around $500 million in establishing 450 MW of solar generation capacity as well as a 50 MW wind farm on land supplied by the host country's North-West Power Generation Company.
Bangladesh wants to Beijing to speed its solar aspiration
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Bangladeshi power minister Nasrul Hamid has said the government has actually welcomed China to speed up the renewable energy passions southern Asian nation due to the fact that economic sector financiers were not driving forward solar release quick sufficient.

Inviting the decision to develop a joint endeavor (JV) between state-owned entities from each nation which will drive 450 MW of brand-new solar capability as well as a 50 MW wind ranch, Hamid stated absence of neighborhood investment indicated solar energy projects still cost $0.10-0.13/ kWh in Bangladesh in spite of marked falls elsewhere worldwide.

Bangladesh's highest possible decision-making body, the cabinet committee, on Monday accepted a joint venture which will see the host country's North-West Power Generation Company Limited supply land for clean energy generation. Chinese design professional the National Machinery Import as well as Export Corporation will certainly invest an approximated $500 million in establishing the prepared solar and also wind centers, using the new Bangladesh-China Power Company (Pvt) Ltd Renewables entity.

It is not clear whether the JV will certainly be established as part of China's continent-spanning Belt and also Road Initiative framework program of which Bangladesh is a member yet Hamid validated Dhaka wants at the very least 3 GW of solar capability set up in the years ahead.

First projects

Under the regards to the JV plan-- which was held up, partly, by the Covid-19 crisis in Bangladesh-- a 60 MW solar plant, for which a feasibility research has actually been prepared, will be set up on 205 acres of government-owned, non-cultivated 'khas' land, with the facility readied to go on the internet by next June. A feasibility study has actually additionally been prepared for a 100 MW solar project planned in the Sirajganj district. That facility is anticipated to begin producing by June 2022 and plans to lease the necessary land are in progress.

The 50 MW wind farm has actually been intended near the southern port of Payra and wind mapping of the website is nearly full, with the facility expected to be operational by December 2022.

Closet secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam informed media after Monday's cabinet committee, site selection and also land purchase for the continuing to be 290 MW of Chinese-funded solar capacity is also in train.

Once the JV is officially constituted, tenders for the three furthest-advanced renewables websites mentioned will certainly be held. A M Khurshedul Alam, chief executive of the North-West Power Generation Company, informed a local news website quote papers had already been prepared for the 3 generation properties.

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