The future is green, and Bangladesh is very much a part of it
With the world actively shifting away from traditional sources of energy, the time has never been better for Bangladesh to make its move towards renewable energy, which could be a key component of our journey towards middle income status.
However, adoption of renewable sources of energy has, thus far, been a mixed bag for our country.
While we have missed the target of generating 5% of our energy from renewable sources by 2015, the new target is to generate 10% of our energy from renewable sources by 2020. It is an ambitious target, and even if we fail to meet it, it is a step in the right direction for the government to focus on clean, renewable energy as an important part of our economic progress.
Currently, at least eight solar parks -- with a 100MW-capacity for each -- and a 200MW- capacity solar power project, are in the planning process; while two 200MW-capacity solar parks are also under construction.
There is no mistaking it: Despite our missed targets, Bangladesh has made significant strides in adopting renewable energy, with plans to generate 2,896MW of electricity from the same sources by 2021.
Of course, it is the slow implementation of such projects which may continue to hinder progress.
It is quite astonishing to see a nation go from houses being lit with the rural glow of lanterns to targeting energy-generation through renewable means.
The future is green, and Bangladesh is very much a part of it -- we just have to play our cards right.