The government of Bangladesh signed an agreement with the International Solar Alliance (ISA) to increase the use of solar energy in the country.
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An agreement was signed between the International Solar Alliance (ISA) and the Bangladesh government on Thursday, which is to be implemented by December 2026.
The agreement aims to promote the use of solar energy and deployment of solar technology in Bangladesh, with a goal to generate 40 percent of its total energy through renewable sources by 2041.
The State Minister for Power Nasrul Hamid has stated that Bangladesh aims to produce 4000 MW of solar power by the end of 2030 and is promoting the use of renewable energy sources like wind power, energy from trash, and hydropower to achieve this goal.
Net Metering guidelines for rooftop solar installations have been implemented, and the usage of solar power is being encouraged in agriculture as well.
Under the agreement, several projects will be taken up, including 12 trolley mounted solar irrigation systems, 12 portable solar paddy threshers, a 1.5 kw solar drinking water plant, and the installation of two rooftop solar projects of 22 KW capacity and one railway installation of rooftop solar projects on platforms.
The ISA is a coalition of 123 countries that aims to promote the use of solar energy and deployment of solar technology to ensure energy security and move towards sustainable energy use among participating countries.