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About 2 crore rural people have got electricty through 58 lakh solar home systems, says Nasrul Hamid
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid has said that 40% of electricity will come from renewable sources by 2041.
The strategy was adopted in the country’s Power System Master Plan (PSMP), he said while speaking at the Bangladesh-UK Climate Partnership Roundtable on Tuesday in Dhaka, said a press release of the ministry on Wednesday.
Nasrul Hamid mentioned that about 2 crore rural people were brought under the electrification facilities through 58 lakh solar home systems.
He said the development plan and strategy was taken up giving priority to the sustainable development goals.
Nasrul Hamid noted that the Bangladesh Energy and Power Research Council (BEPRC) was set up to promote renewable energy while the Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (Sreda) was created to achieve efficiency in energy consumption.
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The virtual meeting was also attended by President of COP26 Alok Sharma, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Shahab Uddin, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam, Thematic Ambassador of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) Saima Wajed and Bangladesh High Commissioner to UK Sadia Muna Tasnim.
Nasrul Hamid said though Bangladesh has good potential for solar power, it is not being possible to implement large scale solar power plant projects due to a scarcity of land.
“We can work together with the countries trying to develop advanced technologies to implement large solar projects using less space,” he said.