Bangladesh Keen on 2000MW of Indian Solar Power

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Bangladesh wishes to purchase more than 2,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity from large solar parks being set up in Gujarat and Rajasthan, said a senior official in the Sheikh Hasina-led government.

"Here is an opportunity. Here I see electricity being generated from sunshine and there is darkness out there. It's a question of taking this electricity from here to there," said Bir Bikram Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, adviser (minister) to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for power, energy and mineral resources affairs. India is also pursuing long-term deals with Bangladesh companies for supplying domestic cooking gas and other petroleum products.

As part of India's strategy of playing a key role in creating a new energy security architecture for its neighbours, 660MW is currently being supplied to Bangladesh.

"We could take up to 2,000 MW of solar power if they can provide," Chowdhury said in an interview on the sidelines of the 16th International Energy Forum Ministerial (IEF-- 16) held in New Delhi last week.

During the visit Modi highlighted energy security as an important dimension of India-Bangladesh ties and promised to add another 500MW under an existing transmission link.

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