A solar power plant having a power generation capacity of 28 MW has recently started its operation in Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar. Accounting this, the power generation capacity from renewable energy sources exceeds five percent of the country’s total demand.
Technaf Solartech Energy Ltd (TSEL) has installed this power plant in Teknaf utilizing a total of 116 acres of land. Currently, the power plant is feeding 20MW to the national grid.
Nuher Latif Khan, managing director of TSEL informed that, this power plant alone is capable of meeting 80 percent of power demand of Teknaf upazila.
This power plant is situated at Aukhali area in Hinla union of Teknaf upazila. It’s located at the east side of the Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf highway. A total of 87,000 solar panels were used to construct the plant and the plant has 5 sub-stations, surrounded by panels. The power generated by the panels is primarily stored at the facility which is later transmitted to the substation of Palli Bidyut located at Leda area of Hinla union.
Prior to this power plant, the highest capacity of a solar power plant was only 3 MW in this country.
Currently, the country generates around 530 MW of power from renewable sources, where almost half of the power comes from hydro-power. The power generation capacity from renewable sources is likely to raise up to 600 MW within next year.
According to the master plan, there is a target to generate 2,235 MW of power from renewable sources within the year of 2021.
Dipal Chandra Barua, president of Bangladesh Solar and Renewable Energy Association said that, 5.2 millions of houses use solar power in this country which accounts roughly 12 percent of the consumers who have access to electricity.
According to the Renewable Energy Policy of 2008, a plan was set to generate 10 percent of the power that the country would generate from renewable sources within the year of 2020