5,000MW solar power attainable from industrial rooftops
Published: 11:09 AM, 25 October 2020 Updated: 11:10 AM, 25 October 2020
By installing solar panels on the rooftops of Ready-Made Garments (RMG), textiles and other industries in the country, around 5,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity can be generated, said Infrastructure Development Company Limited (Idcol), a government-owned non-bank financial institution specialized in financing in renewables, at a webinar held on Saturday.
Dr Tawfiq-E- Chowdhury, energy adviser to the Prime Minister, attended the webinar titled ‘Rooftop Solar Future in Bangladesh’ as the chief guest where Mollah Amzad Hossain, editor of Energy & Power magazine, moderated the event.
Presenting the data, head of Renewable Energy at Idcol Md Enamul Karim Pavel said the country has more than 7,000 RMG factories with vast rooftops well-suited for the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, reports The Business Standard.
Pointing out the data, Md Enamul Karim Pavel said textiles factories have around 420 lakh square feet of rooftop space that have the potential to generate 400MW of electricity.
Around 5,000MW of electricity can be generated by installing solar panels on the rooftops of industries such as poultry, pharmaceuticals, paper, packaging, and cold storage facilities, he added.
With the implementation of the projects, three types of benefits could be achieved; they are - a reduction in electricity bills, the enhancement of green credentials and utilization of unused space as well as reduced use of grid electricity, he also said
By implementing the rooftop projects, three types of benefits could be achieved – a reduction in electricity bills, the enhancement of green credentials and utilization of unused space as well as reduced use of grid electricity, head of Renewable Energy at Idcol added.
Currently, Bangladesh generates only 649.72 MW of electricity from renewable resources - 2.93% of the country’s total capacity - however, a major portion of this renewable energy comes from solar home systems (SHSs).
Meanwhile, Dr Tawfiq-E- Chowdhury, energy adviser to the Prime Minister, urged the agencies concerned to start working on the solar storage facilities.
“Energy that does not work at night is not complete electricity. Due to this limitation, solar is not the main energy anywhere in the world. Therefore, we need to start work on solar storage to use it 24/7,” he said.
About electric vehicles, he suggested using petrol pump station areas to set up solar charging stations for electric vehicles.
Among others, Munawar Misbah Moin, group director of Rahimafrooz Bangladesh Ltd, and Professor Dr Saiful Huque, director of the Institution of Energy of Dhaka University, spoke at the webinar.