Kazi Farms scales up solar power in pursuit of sustainability
Organization plans to eventually generate 20MW from solar power
The leading business group Kazi Farms Limited has established solar plants at several of its subsidiaries with the aim of protecting the environment by moving towards sustainable energy.
The group has established solar plants at unused land and factory terraces of seven of its subsidiaries, producing around 3MW of electricity. Surplus electricity is being distributed to the Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board through net meters, according to people involved in the process.
The seven subsidiaries include six farms and a factory, located in Panchagarh, Dinajpur and Savar. The solar plants at five of the farms, in Panchagarh, generate about 12,500KWh of electricity each day.
“After meeting the requirements of the farms, about 20% of the electricity is distributed to the national grid,” said MA Barek, AGM (Engineering) of Kazi Farms Group in Panchagarh.
The everyday requirement of Dinajpur’s Kazi Poultry Ltd Breeder farm is 300KW. To fulfill this requirement, a solar plant of 370 KW capacity was installed on the Kazi group's land in Birol Upazila. The monthly production of this plant is 46,000 KWh.
If other industrialists also established solar plants at their own facilities and distributed the surplus to the national grid through net metering, it would not only benefit the government but also contribute to the local community, said company officials.
Northern Electricity Supply Company Limited (NESCO) Executive Engineer Aifur Rahman thanked Kazi Farms for the initiative and said: “The solar plants are contributing to fulfilling the government's sustainability goal. Using solar panels to produce electricity is reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and we all know the bad effects of fossil fuels on the environment.”
Representatives from Kazi Farms group said they planned to increase their solar energy production in future.
Regarding challenges and possibilities for the initiative, engineer Wasim Reza, general manager of project management and construction at Kazi Farms Group, said: “The problem is that solar power generation requires a lot of vacant land, which is a major obstacle for a small country like ours. But we can easily use our backyards or roofs to generate solar power if we want.”
He added that the group was planning to eventually generate about 20MW of electricity from solar power.
“We intend to set up solar power plants on the roofs of other farms, hatcheries, feedmills and factories in phases,” he said, stressing that a key aim of the initiative was to meet the massive demand for electricity in the country in a sustainable manner.