Week in South Asia: Bangladesh Prepares to Tender Solar Rooftops on Public Buildings, Bangladesh Set to Develop a 55 MW Solar Project in Chattogram, ADFD Approves Record $105 mn Funding for 8 RE Projects and More

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Bangladesh Prepares to Tender Solar Rooftops on Public Buildings

The government of Bangladesh is turning to the private sector to roll out a net-metering program on all public buildings. Under the plan, the nation will be divided into eight blocks which will be tendered to solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) businesses prepared to install the rooftop panels and then sell the power generated to government entities. With the government bodies occupying the buildings set to benefit from cheaper electricity without incurring the capital costs of installing solar rooftops, a senior official at the Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (SREDA) said, low-cost loans will be made available by the government and donor agencies to help solar developers keen to bid in the tender.

Bangladesh to Develop a 55 MW Solar Project in Chattogram

The Government of Bangladesh (GoB) has awarded a 55 MW solar power project to a consortium led by Metito Group together with Jinko Power and AlJomaih Group. The project will be developed on a build-own-operate (BOO) basis under a 20 years’ concession agreement. The Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) had earlier announced the consortium as the lowest bidder with a competitive tariff of $0.0748/kWh — the lowest tariff ever reported in Bangladesh states the company. According to the company, the consortium will build the power project in Rangunia, Chattogram, on the land provided by the power board and plans to commission the project by the second half of the year 2021. 

Pakistan Post Floats EoI for Setting Up Grid-Connected Distributed and Large Scale Solar Plants at its Premises

Pakistan’s biggest postal operator, Pakistan Post, has issued a request for expression of interest to seek developers for the construction of grid-connected distributed and large scale solar plants on its premises. Developers will have to finance the projects and power postal operations. The revenue produced by surplus power (after meeting the needs of [the] Pakistan Post Office department) will be sold by the company and profit will be shared by both parties, the organization announced in the tender document. The last date for submission of bids is February 20, 2020 to pre-qualify for the procurement process.

In rural Bangladesh, solar power is changing lives

In Bangladesh, more than a quarter of the rural population still do not have access to electricity. For millions of people, daily activities like cooking, working and studying are difficult, or even impossible, after sundown. But off-grid solar power is rapidly changing all this. Bangladesh has one of the world’s largest domestic solar energy programmes. The World Bank and other development organizations, along with the private sector, are working with the government to bring affordable, solar-powered electricity to places where the traditional grid doesn’t reach. Small-scale solar home systems now provide electricity to more than 4 million households and about 20 million people in rural areas, roughly one-eighth of the country’s population. The programme has also introduced 1,000 solar irrigation pumps and 13 solar mini-grids.

Minister instructs to expedite implementation of 14 solar power projects

The Minister of Power and Energy Mahinda Amaraweera has instructed the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) officials to promptly commence work on 14 solar power projects which have already received cabinet approval and will add 96 MW to the national grid. Minister Amaraweera noted that all projects in every aspect of generating electricity should be implemented in order to ensure that the entire system does not collapse while adding power to the national grid. Steps need to be taken to build hydro, coal, natural gas, solar and wind power plants as well as wave power generation. The Minister requested the officials to give attention to all sectors of electricity generation.

Maldives to Develop 21 MW of Solar Projects Across Six Islands

Maldives has issued a tender inviting interested bidders to participate in the pre-qualification process for installing 21 MW of grid-tied solar systems in six major islands. These islands are Addu City, Fuvahmulah City, Kulhudhuffushi City, GDh. Thinadhooo, B.Evdhafushi, and Lh.Hinnavaru. This subproject is rolled out with financial and technical support from World Bank’s Accelerating Renewable Energy Integration and Sustainable Energy (ARISE) project in the Maldives. The last date for the submission of bids is March 12, 2020.

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