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No power crisis from next year

‘Solar panel to be installed on primary school’s roofs’

05 December 2022

Staff Reporter :
Country's power crisis will be eased from the next year as electricity will be added in the national grid from Bheramara power plant, Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant and India's Adani group.
Apart from this, the government has also taken initiatives to install solar panels on the roofs of primary schools across the country to increase electricity generation from renewable energy sources.
State Minister for Electricity, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said this while addressing a seminar in a city hotel on Sunday.
Northern Electricity Supply Company (NESCO) organised the seminar titled "NESCO Towards 2041: Challenge and Way Forward".
Standard and uninterrupted electricity will be provided in the country in the coming year, Nasrul Hamid said adding that power crisis in the country will be eased from the next year.
"There are about 27,000 irrigation pumps in the northern region and plan should be taken to bring them under solar power. Bangladesh's goal is to implement 40 percent clean energy in the energy sector by 2041. NESCO should take care of this and areas covered by NESCO should taken up the project of installing solar panels on school roofs in the country," the State Minister said.
Nasrul Hamid said as electricity has reached every village of the country, demand for it increased.
"If the amount of electricity increases then its consumption will also be increased. As a result, investment in distribution  
lines should be increased. At the same time, there is a lot of empty land in the northern region. NESCO can make proper use of it by installing solar panels," he said.
Besides, NESCO can put emphasis on clean energy and have a plan in this regard, the State Minister suggested.
So, today's event is to discuss what challenges NESCO is planning to face in the future to meet that demand, he added.
"It would have been better if NESCO had worked on the issues of renewable energy," said Nasrul Hamid.
The Prime Minister has already taken a strict stance against setting up unplanned industrial units haphazardly in the country, he said adding that such trends should be stopped.
Nasrul Hamid said that the Prime Minister has directed not to connect industrial factories that installed haphazardly and distribution companies need to keep those things in mind during giving connection.
Power Division Secretary Habibur Rahman said that 100 percent of customers will come under prepaid meters within a couple of years.
"NESCO aims to build a smart distribution system by 2025 and we hope they will be able to do that first," he added. Director General of Power Cell Mohammad Hossain said that NESCO has progressed a lot in all aspects but their system loss is still a bit high.
They should address it at any cost, he observed.

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