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Nasrul: 17% electricity to come from renewable sources

  • Published at 08:53 pm August 25th, 2020
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The state minister mentioned that Bangladesh has already installed 5.6 million solar home systems in off-grid areas

Around 17% of Bangladesh’s electricity will come from renewable energy sources by 2041, said State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid.

Nasrul said this in an online bilateral meeting with UK Minister for Pacific and Environment Lord Zac Goldsmith on Tuesday.

During the meeting, they discussed various issues of mutual interests.

Nasrul said Bangladesh has always been giving priority to environment-friendly development. “Incentives are being given for the promotion of renewable energy.”

The state minister mentioned that Bangladesh has already installed 5.6 million solar home systems in off-grid areas. “Solar home systems are making a significant contribution to illuminating off-grid areas.”

He said net-metering guidelines have been introduced which are expected to encourage people to use rooftop solar power.

Welcoming technical cooperation from the UK government, Nasrul urged government and non-government companies to invest in clean energy of Bangladesh.

Both the ministers discussed potential areas of investment in Bangladesh and other issues of bilateral interests.

Lord Zac Goldsmith expressed his country’s keen interest to work together with Bangladesh to promote clean energy.

He said officials will continue discussions to explore the potentials of renewable energy, including offshore wind. “We’re also interested in financing here. The future of the energy system should be approached prudently,” he said.

British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Robert Chatterton Dickson and head of DFID, Bangladesh Judith Herbertson were among the participants in the virtual bilateral talks.

 

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