20th January 2021

Prime Minister's Energy Adviser Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury has asked the Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (Sreda) to develop a guideline to make the solar rooftop systems effective.


He gave the directive while attending a workshop titled "Scaling up Net Metered Rooftop Solar in the garment industry," organized by Sreda as the chief guest recently.


The directive came when the prime minister's energy adviser was replying to a question regarding the ineffectiveness of most of the rooftop solar systems installed at domestic and commercial buildings.


Earlier, on 25 December, a report titled "Rooftop solar panels are now junks" was published in The Business Standard, which showed that around 90% of the country's rooftop solar systems are now non-functional.


Tawfiq-e-Elahi urged the industries to come forward to set up solar systems on their rooftops to increase the country's green credentials at a global level.


The prime minister's energy adviser also asked Sreda to set up an anonymous complaint box at its office premises so that the customers can file their complaints.


Md Habibur Rahman, secretary of the Power Division of the Ministry of the Power Energy and Mineral Resources, presided over the workshop while Mohammad Alauddin, chairman of the SREDA moderated the program.


Ahmad Kaikaus, principal secretary of the Prime Minister's Office, graced the program as the special guest and talked about the benefit of the rooftop solar systems.

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