Sunamganj to have largest solar power plant

11 04 2014

‘The government will install a solar power plant in Sulla upazila of Sunamganj district [#Sylhet] aiming to give the people of remote haor (wetland) areas access to solar energy facilities.

The solar power plant will be installed under a project involving Tk 29 crore with finance from the Climate Trust Fund and the government of Bangladesh.’

Full story: UNB connect


Bangladesh Tourism: Sustainable Renewable Energy Solution

2 10 2012

Bangladesh has immense potential for using renewable energy as a sustainable solution for the tourism destinations’ quest to become greener and efficient. There are viable levels of sources for renewable energy as well. However for constraints lying within renewable energy solutions must be taken care of.
Prof Dr Md Ashraful Islam Chowdhury, Department of Marketing, University of Dhaka said this while presenting the keynote paper on “Greening Tourism Destinations of Bangladesh Is Renewable Energy a Sustainable Solution?” at award giving ceremony of Bangladesh Tourism Foundation.

Full story: The Bangladesh Monitor

New policy for solar energy business

7 02 2012

A government policy to promote renewable energy has lured a large number of new entrants into the business, particularly for solar panel installations, sector people said.

In the last two years, nearly 100 firms and NGOs have appeared on the scene to sell technologies including solar home systems, water heaters, irrigation pumps, street lights and their accessories and batteries.

Full story: The Daily Star

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UK power company plans expansion in Bangladesh

25 09 2011

A UK-based power company plans to set up a solar panel manufacturing plant and a diesel-run power generator producing plant in Bangladesh to expand its business and help the country meet the soaring demand for energy, a top official said.

“My immediate plan is to do something quickly as Bangladesh is growing very fast and so the demand for solar energy products. I’m not going to wait,” said Steve Bandey, managing director of Transformers & Rectifiers Ltd (T&R).

Full story: The Daily Star

Quest for energy fix

7 01 2011

Energy experts have suggested Bangladesh could exploit an array of solutions including the use of new technologies and alternative renewable resources to maintain its gas reserve and ensure long-term energy security.

Full story: The Daily Star

No To Tipaimukh Dam

18 07 2009

Tipaimukh Dam

The Tipaimukh Hydroelectric Project is being constructed near the confluence of Barak and Tuivai rivers, in Manipur, India and within 100km of Bangladesh border. Costing Rs 6,351 crore ($1.35 billion) the 164 meter high dam will have a firm generation capacity of 401.25MW of electricity.

While Hydroelectric projects are typically considered greener than other power generation options in short term, it has significant long-term impact to the environment like changes in the ecosystem, destroying nearby settlements and changing habitat conditions of people, fish and wildlife. Especially in the densely populated countries like India and Bangladesh, where rivers are lifelines, projects like Tipaimukh will create adverse effect to a huge number of population and their habitats.

No wonder right from the start this project faced protests from potentially affected people in India, and from the downstream neighbor Bangladesh. The people of Manipur have been fighting legally to stop the project but have so far been unsuccessful. The Indian government is going ahead with the plan. The Sinlung Indigenous People Human Rights Organisation (SIPHRO) of India said that “the process for choosing it (the project premises) ignored both the indigenous people and the recommendations of the WCD (World Commission on Dams)”. Source

High Power, Higher Efficiency Solar Panel

13 07 2009

SunPower Corporation has unveiled its newest solar panel. The new SPR-315 solar panel utilizes the company’s newly developed 22-percent-efficient Gen 2 solar cells and carries a rated power output of 315 watts.

The new SPR-315 solar panel is planned for commercial availability in the Spring of 2007.