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The 3rd edition of Bangladesh Solar Week 2022 Conference & Awards was launched by Solar Quarter. It is one of Bangladesh’s most important and influential conferences on renewable energy.
The one day conference held on September 14, 2022, was inaugurated by a stellar dignitary panel including Mr. Dipal Chandra Barua, Founder & Chairman, Bright Green Energy Foundation (BGEF) & President, Bangladesh Solar and Renewable Energy Association (BSREA); Mr. Shahriar Ahmed Chowdhury, Director, Centre for Energy Research, United International University; and Mr. Mamun Rashid, Managing Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers.
The industry was enthusiastic about the Bangladesh Solar Week 2022 Conference. It featured prominent exhibitors like Sungrow, Jinko Solar, Longi, Chint Solar and Aerocompact, just to name a few.
Over 200 people attended the event from both the public and private sectors, including project developers, technology providers, investors, international funding partners and policymakers like BPDB and Dana Power Co. Ltd., Rahimafrooz Renewable Energy Limited. Solarland and USGBC.
The 3rd Bangladesh Solar Week was designed to provide relevant insights about the Solar Market Outlook – Policies and Regulatory Framework, Tenders & Finance, Big Tech Trends Shaping Large Scale Solar, Future Technology Advancements In Rooftop Solar, among others.
Speaking in the keynote address, Mr. Dipal Chandra Barua, Founder & Chairman, Bright Green Energy Foundation (BGEF) & President, Bangladesh Solar and Renewable Energy Association (BSREA), said, “At present, around 2702 solar powered irrigation pumps have been installed in the country, and these micro projects are generating approximately 50.271 MW of electricity, and by utilizing these solar run projects, it is possible to generate up to 10,000 MW of electricity in the near future.”
He further said that with this platform, Solar Quarter has connected buyers of renewable energy solutions and technologies with the right manufacturers and suppliers. The conference brought together energy leaders from across the country to discuss market trends and impacts as well as ways forward for restructuring the sector.
Addressing the audience a senior officer from Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL), mentioned that Bangladesh has the largest solar home program in the world. “We have 26 off-grid mini-grids that provide advanced electricity for various rural areas. We now have 231MWp on the utility-scale solar side. This is less than 10% of what was awarded”, he said.
He further mentioned, We are happy to note that, despite being low-emitting, Bangladesh’s industries are becoming more aware of renewable energy and are willing to make a contribution to green energy. “Given solar electricity costs are much lower than grid tariffs, there is a lot of excitement in rooftop solar.
The official thanked Solar Quarter for bringing together key players to have deep-dive conversations on utility scale, rooftop solar, and new developments in storage and inverter technology.
Bangladesh Solar Week 2022 was a huge success.