500 MW of more electricity is likely to be added to the country’s
power sector by this June. Thus, the country’s capacity of power
generation will raise up to 15000 MW at least.
“The country would get 500 MW power by this June and the generation
capacity would reach to over 15,000MW,” State Minister for Power,
Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid told on Saturday.
He further said that the government has set its target to bring all
citizens under electricity coverage by 2021 under the visionary and
undaunted leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that pulled out
the nation from the abyss of darkness caused by load shedding. During
the past seven years, the power generation capacity is more than
doubled from 4,942MW (in 2009) to 14,539MW (as up to May 2016).
According to the Director General of Power Cell Mohammad Hossain, the
country’s current electricity generation capacity is 14,539 MW.
Another 100 MW of electricity was added recently as the Barisal plant
has started production as a trial.
However, Bangladesh is now importing 600MW of electricity from India
and achieved the fastest growth rate for installing solar home systems
in the world, at a rate of 70,000 systems every month. Over 3 million
systems have already been installed with support from development
partners, the Director-General said.