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First-ever solar plant connects to national grid

  • Published at 10:13 pm August 31st, 2017
First-ever solar plant connects to national grid
A solar power plant has begun supplying electricity to the national grid for the first time as part of the government’s green energy initiative to cut carbon emissions. The 3MW plant was constructed on a “build, own and operate” basis on eight acres of land at Sarishabari in Jamalpur by a local company, Engreen Sharishabari Solar Plant Ltd. “We are proud that for the first time in the country’s history, power from a solar plant is being supplied to the national grid,” said Engreen chief executive officer, Zahidul Alam. “We have established the plant as part of the government renewable energy programme and hope the power generated here will help new consumers get connections.” On February 2015, the Power Development Board (PDB) signed a power purchase agreement with Engreen for the construction of a 3 megawatt grid-tied solar plant. The plant is now supplying power to the PDB in the Sarishabari 33/11 KV sub-grid station area at a per unit rate of 0.1897 US cents, equivalent to Tk14.74. The state-owned PDB will continue to buy power from the plant for the next 20 years. PDB Director (Renewable Energy) Sheik Nazmul Haq told the Dhaka Tribune that the newly-constructed solar plant began supplying power to the national grid on August 3 this year on a trial basis, but was now operating commercially. “The government has decided to establish a good number of renewable energy-based power plants under its green power project to reduce carbon emissions and protect the environment from the changing climate,” he said. The government is currently working to install solar panel-based power projects connected with the national grid, which will have a 572MW capacity.