The Government of Bangladesh has a target to generate 10% of electricity from renewable resources and have CO2 emission reduced by 5% by 2030 for combating the climate challenges. To realize this goal, government has taken many initiatives, including issuing a guideline for development of rooftop solar under net metering, in 2018.
It has laid the foundation for implementing rooftop solar projects at industrial, commercial and residential facilities, allowing them to transfer surplus electricity, after self-consumption, to the national grid. To this end, the primary focus is improving capacity of the relevant actors and scaling up of solar rooftop systems across the country under net-metering. Investors and consumers should have clear understanding of Solar Rooftop projects along with benefits of investing in them. They should have access to information - where to go, whom to contact, the process of implementation and approval.
With the above goal in sight, to encourage the industrial sector, especially the ready-made garments and textiles industries to install rooftop solar system with net metering at their premises, SREDA in collaboration with REEEP II organised a virtual awareness workshop on 30th December 2020. More than 120 representatives from different RMG and textile factories under BGMEA (Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association) attended the event. Dr. Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, BB, Adviser to the Honourable Prime Minister; Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Affairs attended the workshop as chief guest. Mr. Nasrul Hamid MP, Honourable State Minister, Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources was present as special guest. Mr. Md. Habibur Rahman, Secretary, Power Division, MPEMR chaired the virtual workshop. The workshop was moderated by Mr. Mohammad Alauddin, Chairman, SREDA.
From Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Programme (REEEP II), Mr. Shafiqul Alam, Senior Advisor coordinates the EE WG activities from GIZ Bangladesh. Ms. Ananya Rubayat also contributes to the WG.