The Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) is looking for international partners to build three solar power plants with a total capacity of 77.6 MW across the country.
On February 16, the state agency published notices saying it was seeking international partners to build the power plants, which would be financed by “cash foreign exchange assets of the BPDB Electricity Development Fund.” The agency wants to commission the facilities connected to the network within 12 months of signing the contracts. The government gives the plants land.
According to BPDB officials, the 20 MW solar plant will be built in a polluted zone, a pond that was created after years of coal mining. According to a recent feasibility study, the pond can host a floating solar power plant with a capacity of 40 MW to 50 MW.
The 7.6 MW solar power plant will be built on a plot of land near the 230 MW Karnaful hydroelectric plant, about 50 kilometers from the port city of Chattogram. BPDB said it wants to build the new power plant near another 7.4 MW solar power system that was commissioned in 2019.
Bangladesh currently has the capacity to generate 958 MW of electricity from renewable sources, including 724 MW from solar energy.