Knitwear factory owners could play an important role in producing green energy through setting up solar power panels at their factories' rooftops.
This rooftop solar power will push the clothing industries one step ahead in global competition as well, speakers noted at a virtual workshop titled "Scaling up net metered rooftop solar on knitwear industry" held recently.
Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority under the Ministry of Power Energy and Mineral Resources hosted the event for the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) members.
Currently, there are around 1,200 knitwear factories across the country.
Earlier, Infrastructure Development Company Limited – a government-owned non-bank financial institution specialized in financing in renewables – disclosed that around 5,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity can be generated by installing solar panels on the rooftops of ready-made garments (RMG), textiles and other industries.
State Minister of Power Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry Nasrul Hamid was present at the program as the chief guest.
He said the leaders of Bangladesh's knitwear industry owners' association need to do more to promote green technology in line with global climate change.
Generating electricity in net metering system using solar technology in industrial establishments can be a good investment.
Through this it is possible to reduce electricity bills and establish Green Industry, he suggested.