IFC, Bangladesh Join Forces to Fast-track Solar Power Generation

As per the agreement contracted, IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, will upkeep a solar power plant of 35-50 MW of capacity in Kushtia district in Bangladesh

January 08, 2020. By News Bureau

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With an aim to encourage more investment in the renewable energy projects in Bangladesh, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) has announced that it has arrived into an agreement with the Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (SREDA) of Bangladesh.

As per the agreement contracted, IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, will upkeep a solar power plant of 35-50 MW of capacity in Kushtia district in Bangladesh.

The purpose behind the pilot project is to establish a viable model for the solar power plant in the Asian country.

This solar energy project will be developed through a competitive bidding process under a public-private partnership (PPP) model.

“This plan to bring in a solar independent power producer through a competitive bidding process will play a pivotal role in developing the country’s renewable energy program by providing increased electricity access and clean energy, which will have positive impact on businesses and households in Bangladesh,” said Mohammad Helal Uddin, Chairman, SREDA.

IFC is the lead transaction advisor to SREDA and is helping with structuring and tendering of the project to attract a credible private sector developer through a transparent and competitive process.

In the meantime, the European Commission’s Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development, Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, and the Sustainable Development Investment Partnership are supporting the funding for consultants.

Remarking on the development, Wendy Werner, IFC Country Manager for Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal said “this is a unique concept as it will support the government in creating a viable and sustainable renewable energy model in Bangladesh, using marginal low-lying land to produce solar energy. This model can be repeated across the country.”

Werner further added that “by engaging the private sector, we aim to promote more investment in renewable energy projects in Bangladesh and reduce reliance on thermal energy.”

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