881Published on August 28, 2020
Around 17 percent of Bangladesh's electricity will come from renewable energy sources by 2041, said State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid.
State Minister said this during a virtual bilateral meeting with UK Minister for Pacific and Environment Lord Zac Goldsmith on Friday (28th August).
They also discussed various issues of mutual interests.
Nasrul said Bangladesh has always given priority to environment-friendly development. "Incentives are being given for promotion of renewable energy."
Bangladesh has already installed 5.6 million solar home systems in off-grid areas. "Solar home systems are making a significant contribution to illuminating off-grid areas."
He said net-metering guidelines have been introduced which are expected to encourage people to use rooftop solar power.
Welcoming technical cooperation from UK government, Nasrul urged government and non-government companies to invest in clean energy of Bangladesh.
Both ministers discussed potential areas of investment in Bangladesh and other issues of bilateral interests.
Lord Zac Goldsmith expressed his country's keen interest to work together with Bangladesh to promote clean energy.
He said officials will continue discussions to explore the potential of renewable energy including offshore wind. "We're also interested in financing here. The future of the energy system should be approached prudently," he said.
British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Robert Chatterton Dickson and head of DFID, Bangladesh Judith Herbertson were among the participants in the virtual bilateral talks.