Mannan Invitesinvestment in Solar Energy

Planning Minister MA Mannan onThursday called upon entrepre-neurs to invest in solar energy sectorsaying it will be one of the mainsources of energy for the country infuture. Currently, important rural areasare being illuminated with solarpower, and the government’s initia-tives in this regard are increasingsolar power generation rapidly, hesaid.The proper use of this energysource will further enhance powergeneration capacity of the country,and to ensure its proper use huge  investment in the sector is a must, headded. 

The minister said all thesewhile speaking as the chief guest at aconference on ‘Role of RenewableEnergy to Build My Village, My Town’at Hotel Intercontinental in the capital. Bangladesh Solar and RenewableEnergy Association (BSREA) organ-ised the conference.MA Mannan said, “Our villageswill become towns soon. There is nodisagreement or controversy. As thecountry’s technology and educationare moving forward, the people of villages will also transform them-selves.” 

“However, we can do it in a fasterand systematic way. The governmentis accelerating this transformation from inside,” the minister added.Mannan said the negative impacts offossil fuel have increased on envi-ronment, which is very harmful tosurvive on earth.“We must take various initiativesto increase use of renewable energyand reduce use of fossil fuels. Thereis  no  other  alternative  to  it,”  theminister continued. He further said the use of renew-able energy is increasing day by dayin  the  world.  

Bangladesh  is  alsocommitted to bring progress in thesector. More than 55 lakh solar homesystems (SHS) have been installed in Bangladesh, which is the largest SHSinitiative in the world.“Currently, farmers are getting irri-gation facilities by solar irrigationsystem. Besides, solar streetlight hasalso been installed in important placesof rural areas. However, solar powergeneration is increasing by using ofrooftop solar panels,” the ministeradded. 

At the conference, ManagingDirector of Vitti Sthapati Brindo IqbalHabib delivered the keynote speech.Iqbal Habib, who is also an archi-tect and a city planner, said the inven-tion of solar stove system can protecthundreds of people from respiratorydiseases  caused  by  wood  and  oilstoves. 

The invention of solar poweredfloating school can help enlighten theminds of children through education,he said, adding that through the start-up   of   solar   micro-grid   sharingcommunities can help each other withtheir surplus production of electricity.“On special occasions every year, we say we are going home, whichmeans even though our houses are inthe city our real homes are in theserenity of villages.

And we must dowhat is necessary to keep our villagesalive and healthy,” Iqbal added. The conference was also attended,among others, by PM’s adviser onPrivate Industry Investment SalmanFazlur Rahman, chief coordinator(Sustainable Developments Goals) ofPrime Minister’s Office Abul KalamAzad, SREDA Chairman Helal Uddin,IDCOL Executive Director and CEOMahmood Malik, BSREA PresidentDipal  C  Barua,  Dhaka  UniversityProfessor     Saiful     Haque,     andEnergypac Electronics Ltd CEO &Director Nurul Kabir.

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