Bangladesh plans to buy 2,000 MW solar power from India

Bangladesh plans to buy 2,000 MW solar power from India

Dhaka, Apr 18 (UNI) In a step to meet the growing demand of electricity in the country, Bangladesh is planning to buy 2,000MW of solar power from India, a move that will deepen energy sector co-operation between the two South Asian countries that will aid the region in sustainable development.
India to meet the growing demand of electricity in the country.The power will be bought from large solar power projects coming up in Gujarat and Rajasthan states, reports a media quoted Prime Minister’s Energy Adviser Tawfiq-e- Elahi.
According to the report, India is also pursuing long-term deals with Bangladeshi companies for supplying domestic cooking gas and other petroleum products.


In an interaction at the 16th International Energy Forum Ministerial held in New Delhi last week, Tawfiq-e- Elahi said Bangladesh will take up to 2,000MW of solar power. He said that there will be technical challenge in transmitting the solar power over great distance but the engineers should be able to solve it.


Wishing anonymity, a senior Indian government said discussions were held regarding the matter. This comes against the backdrop of India’s record low solar power tariff of Rs 2.44 per unit registered in May 2017, reports an Indian media.
India, the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases after the US and China, plans to achieve 175GW of renewable energy capacity by 2022 of which, 100GW will come from solar.


The report said currently India is supplying 660MW to Bangladesh.


In 2017, India and Bangladesh signed two lines of credit worth 5 billion dollar during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to India. 
During the visit, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasized on the energy security and promised to add another 500MW under an existing transmission link. Tawfiq-e- Elahi said a model on the lines of Adani Group’s
Jharkhand thermal power project can be explored in solar energy, where the entire power generated from a power plant is meant for India’s neighbour.