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Power from mini grid to source national grid

  • Published at 12:47 am February 8th, 2019
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With a rise in the demand for power, the government has taken initiative to expand the grid line Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

According to the Power Division, power cannot be supplied to many areas by wire. In these areas, solar power is provided via the mini grid

The Power Division has said it has started preparing guidelines to draw power from the mini grid into the national power grid. 

According to the Power Division, power cannot be supplied to many areas by wire. In these areas, solar power is provided via the mini grid.

With a rise in the demand for power, the government has taken initiative to expand the grid line.

This has put mini-grid investors into jeopardy since solar power costs more than power from the grid.

The Power Division has taken this problem into consideration.

The Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (Sreda) has said that 11 solar mini grids have so far been established, with a combined power of 2.19MW; and work is underway on another 15 solar mini-grid projects with a combined power of 3.17MW.

Most of these projects are financed by the Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL) with plans for 61 more projects in the future.

In Sulla upzaila of Sunamganj district, a 650kW solar-powered mini grid was established; the biggest of its kind in South Asia. In addition, 6 million homes in Bangladesh have solar home systems.

Mohammad Hossain, director general of Power Division’s technical wing Power Cell, said: “Power produced by the mini grids will be added to the main grid, and a committee formed in this regard will make separate guidelines.

“We have also started a net metering system, under which, a subscriber will manufacture power in his own yard and connect it to the national grid. When the subscriber is out of power, supply will be provided by the national grid,” he further said.

This will save on expenses for the subscriber and also save government funds, he added.