The government is likely to set up a large solar power plant having capacity of generating 100MW electricity on the west bank of the Jamuna River as part of its efforts to expand use of clean energy.
The power plant will be set up on 214 acres of leased land of Jamuna Multi-purpose Bridge authorities at an estimated cost of Tk 8 billion.
According to International Renewable Energy Report, Bangladesh is at the fifth position out of 161 countries in terms of employment generation renewable energy sector with creating 1,37,000 jobs in the sector.
The project will help more manpower generation in the renewable energy sector, the sector insiders said.
The ministry of land has allowed leasing out of the land for 30 years period to implement the project with assurance to return the land by North West Power Generation Company Ltd (NWPGCL) on the requirement of the Bridge authorities.
In an inter-ministerial meeting recently with land secretary Md Maksudur Rahman Patwari, power division additional secretary Nurul Alam said around 5 percent of electricity will come from renewable energy.
The government has targeted to reach the generation at least 10 percent in coming years, he informed to the meeting.
“To achieve 10 percent generation target from renewable energy, at least 500MW of electricity will have to be set up” Alam said. The proposed project will be help reach the target to increase generation capacity from renewable energy to some extent, he said. He said the proposed land gets submerged during rainy season.