The government is moving to save solar mini-grids supplying green energy in remote areas from incurring staggering losses and closure as power distribution companies expand operations in off-grid areas.
Power tariff from such mini-grids is much higher compared to grid-electricity, an official at the Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (SREDA) said, explaining that if the tariff for a 50-unit consumer of grid electricity is Tk 3.75 per unit, it is Tk 18-35 for a mini-grid consumer.
Official sources said 26 solar mini-grids have so far been set up in different areas and their total general capacity is about 5 megawatts. They said the Power Division primarily calculated the asset value of these mini-grids at 1.09 billion (Tk 109 crore).
Sreda, the agency responsible for promotion of green energy and energy conservation, is likely to finalize the modalities and other tariff related issues within a month to purchase electricity from solar mini-grids across the country.