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POST TIME: 2 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Solar mini grid

Solar mini grid

It is encouraging to note that the use of solar power is becoming popular among the poor in remote rural and char areas of different districts of the country. According to a report of this newspaper on Wednesday, Munnia Char, a remote village surrounded by the Jamuna river in Jamalpur district, has finally got electricity connection, thanks to a solar mini grid there. Vincen Gtech Limited has set up the solar mini grid on five bighas of land at Munnia Char in Islampur upazila at a cost of Tk. 8.81 crore.

The initiative has provided the people of the village with the unique opportunity of getting environment-friendly solar power. The programme is likely to contribute to the government’s pledge to reach electricity to all by the year 2021.  With the increase in the number of population the demand for electricity is also increasing in the country. Measures are also being taken by the government and private organisations to meet the demand. Small businessmen, people connected with cottage industry and other professions, and students are enjoying the benefits of solar energy.

Environmentalists have put emphasis on promotion and use of renewable energies for protecting both climate and life. Renewable energy is playing an important role including reducing the health risk of rural families, checking environmental pollution, saving bio-gas and contributing to afforestation. Besides, through reduction in the use of kerosene oil substantial amount of foreign exchange is being saved. Solar power can be used as a source of power to individual home, apartment, industry, shopping complex, irrigation pump, street light and to the national grid. Use of solar power will reduce our dependence on the conventional energy sources.

Though electricity production has increased substantially in Bangladesh still there is shortage of the same and solar power can mitigate this crisis. The programme contributes to growth of rural economy by creating employment opportunity. At present electricity is mainly produced by using gas and coal. The said project will lessen the pressure on gas and the saved gas can be used in other productive sectors.

While other countries face sizeable economic and social costs of 'de-carbonization', alongside costs linked with retiring inefficient fossil fuel-based technologies, Bangladesh can go for green economy transition by maintaining and expanding the sustainable practices that already exist. It is expected that the government will take further pragmatic measures for expansion of the project to reach its benefit to the people.