Solar village launched in Kurigram's Char Goynar Patal

2021-08-22, 8:54pm Renewable

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A solar village was launched in Char Goynar Patal, an island in Kurigram's Chilmari Sunday.

Dhaka, Aug 22 :  A solar village was launched in Char Goynar Patal, an island in Kurigram's Chilmari Sunday.

According to officials, the project was named "Friendship solar village" as Friendship, an NGO, helped install the system.

A 54-kilowatt solar microgrid will receive electricity from a solar plant and illuminate 100 families and a local bazaar, primary school, legal booth, and flood shelter centre.

However, 471 families are living on the remote island.

The Power Division officials said the consumers will get an uninterrupted power supply from the solar microgrid.

State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid inaugurated the launching of the village through a virtual function from Dhaka. Friendship CEO Runa Khan presided over the event.

So far, 6 million solar-home systems have been installed to provide electricity to people in the off-grid areas as part of the government's plan to bring everyone under power system coverage, Nasrul Hamid said.

"The share of renewable energy sources in power generation is increasing steadily. Some remote islands have been connected with electricity networks through submarine cables," he added.

"Now rooftop solar and net metering system has become a profitable business model”, he said, adding that the emphasis is now being laid on improving the quality of service that consumers are getting, reports UNB.