POST TIME: 5 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Expanding use of solar power

Expanding use 
of solar power

It is heartening to note that solar power has brought a social change in many hard-to-reach villages under Char Ashariadaha Union Parishad (UP) in Godagari Upazila of Rajshahi district. By way of watching television programmes, villagers are becoming aware of drugs, child marriage, malnutrition and dowry. They are using fans, bulbs and refrigerators, charging mobile phone sets, operating computers and doing other daily jobs. The power has also brought many positive changes in the lives of the villagers in many ways. Not only in Rajshahi, thousands of people in different places of the country, are enjoying the benefits of solar power.  

The initiative has provided the people in rural areas of the country with the unique opportunity of getting environment-friendly solar power. The programme has contributed to rejuvenation of the rural economy. In the past, most of the people in rural areas would get lost in deep slumber just after evening. Now a different scenario is prevailing at villages. Now the villages are pulsating with activities till late into the night. The solar project is going ahead keeping in mind the government’s pledge to reach electricity to all by the year 2021. Through this programme employment opportunity for many people will be created directly or indirectly. 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 in the country.  The programme 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 the dependence on the conventional energy sources. At present electricity is mainly produced by using gas and coal. Solar power will lessen the pressure on gas. Then 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 measures for expansion of the solar power project.