5th April 2021

German renewables company Ib Vogt GmbH, and local partner AG Agro Industries Ltd, are facing demonstrations as they endeavor to set up a 50 MW solar power plant in Bangladesh’s Feni district.


Protesting farmers have formed human chains in the project area and claim farmland producing three crops a year was selected for the solar site instead of a barren field.


The protesters say 5,000 farmers will lose their livelihoods if the Sonagazi Solar Power Ltd project is constructed on 207 acres of farmland.


The controversial project is being established by state body the Bangladesh Power Development Board under the Private Sector Power Generation Policy of Bangladesh Act of 1996, which aims to generate private capital for the power sector.

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