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Renewable, green energy will ensure energy security: Nasrul

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State minister for power, energy and mineral resources Nasrul Hamid, MP, on Saturday said renewable energy and green energy would ensure energy security in the future.

‘The government has been cooperating for expansion of renewable energy,’ he told this at a virtual conference in the city as chief guest.

Nasrul Hamid said that it was possible to advance with a concept for set upping rooftop or floating solar power plants, as Bangladesh had no scope for large scale solar power plant due to an agro-based economy.

‘The government has approved net metering guidelines in 2018 and now the power division has been working on wind and waste,’ the state minister added.

He said that Bangladesh under the leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina made a remarkable success in power sector as it secured second position in accessing power from Renewable Energy specially off-grid solar solutions.

‘Renewable sources generate 630.96 MW electricity of which 397.03 MW power comes from solar system and the government has developed power generation strategy based on fuel diversification to enhance energy security,’ Nasrul Hamid added.

The Renewable Energy Policy obligates the renewable energy share to be 10 per cent by 2020 that means it would be 2,000 MW, according Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority.

According to ministry information, there are 5.8 million cumulative installations of Solar Home System in predominantly off-grid areas in the country, making it the largest off grid renewable energy programme in the world.

With sincere efforts power generation capacity of the country has reached to 23,436 MW and 97 percent people are accessing electricity now, it said.

Apart from this, speakers at another virtual conference focused on the fact that the reduction of waste generation and greenhouse gas emission is the way leading to achieve greener, smart and healthy cities.

Former director general of Rural Development Academy, Bogra highlighted that solid waste management thorough community based bio gas model through which RDA produces gas, fertiliser and waste-2-value simultaneously. The bio gas model has succeeded to supply power for 24 hours having 140 KB to 75 households of 112 villages there.

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