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Rooftops of all schools to generate solar power

July 03, 2019 00:00:00

The government plans to use the rooftops of all educational institutions to generate solar power for the grid, according to a report by www.pv-magazine.com.

The nation has more than 150,000 primary schools, more than 25,000 secondary schools and hundreds of colleges and universities and officials said if they can be brought under a solar power scheme, renewables generation would experience a manifold increase.

Private sector investment aided by affordable finance will fund the plan, with the help of donor agency funding, with schools consuming the power generated and any excess injected to the grid.

"Steps have been taken to install solar system panels at the rooftops of all educational institutions," Bangladesh finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said in his annual budget speech to parliament.

The minister said the aim is to generate 10 per cent of all electricity from renewables by next year.

"In order to promote electricity generation at the rooftops of private buildings using solar home systems, a net metering guideline has been prepared," he added.

Net metering is already operational in Bangladesh with 179 producers generating more than 4.25 MW of solar power from rooftops daily.

Siddique Zobair, of the Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (SREDA) told pv magazine the school rooftop systems will be set up on a build, own and operate basis.

"At first we want to set up solar systems on rooftops of educational institutions in grid connected areas," Zobair said, adding schools in off-grid areas would be brought under the scheme later.

The SREDA member said the state owned Infrastructure Development Company Limited would provide loans at 6 per cent interest and commercial banks 9% credit for school rooftop private investors.

"The scheme will be financially viable since nowadays solar power generation cost is lower than fossil fuel fired electricity," he added.

The private capital requirements would be affordable as the rooftop systems would have small generation capacities, said Zobair.

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