Week in SAARC: 21 MW of PV tendered by Maldives and Power from Mymensingh solar plant to national grid soon

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21 MW of PV tendered by Maldives

The Ministry of Finance of the Maldives has issued a tender for the deployment of a 21 MW grid-tied solar project, to be built across several locations. Interested developers will have time until May 14 to submit their offers. The pre-qualification process ended on March 12. The projects, which will be part of the tiny nation’s Accelerating Renewable Energy Integration and Sustainable Energy (ARISE) program, will consist of an 11 MW floating PV array in Addu and 10 MW of ground-mounted PV capacity that will be built in portions across Addu, Fuvahmulah, Kulhudhuffushi, Thinadhoo, Eydhafushi, and Hinnavaru. Selected bidders will be awarded power purchase agreements ranging from 15 to 20 years. Upon completion, the solar projects will together be the country’s largest new capacity additions yet.

Power from Mymensingh solar plant to national grid soon

The 50-megawatt solar-based power plant in Sutiakhali of Mymensingh will start generating electricity by the end of June, targeting the government’s initiative to generate 10% of the total electricity by renewable energy by 2021. The government has targeted generation of 24,000MW of electricity by 2021. Of the electricity, 2,000MW of power would come from renewable sources. The solar-based power plant was established on 144 acres of land with an estimated cost of Tk800 crore in 2017, reports a correspondent from Mymensingh. The project is being jointly implemented by HDFC Sinpower Ltd, a joint venture of three companies from Bangladesh, Singapore, and Malaysia. Around 85% of the total work of the project has been completed with the installation of barbed wire, solar pillars, and river training. Moreover, 132 KV transmission line is being installed in order to add the electricity to the national power grid through the city’s Kewatkhali power grid.

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