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BEZA plans to set up 1.6 GW of solar PV by 2018 (Bangladesh)

29 Jun 2017

The Bangladesh Economic Zone Authority (BEZA) is planning to set up a solar power special zone in Baher Char (Chandpur district) with a target capacity of at least 1 GW.

It has already acquired 4,000 acres (16 km²) of land in Baher Char. The national power utility Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) and Power China have expressed their interest in the project, and could buy 25% and 75%, respectively, of the land for the project. Construction is expected to start soon, to have the project operational as early as 2018. Once the project is commissioned, it will be the biggest domestic solar PV facility. BEZA also intends to develop another 600 MW solar park on the Mirersharai Economic Zone territory in Chittagong.

Bangladesh aims to generate 24,000 MW of power by 2021 and 60,000 MW by 2041 in order to meet the ever growing demand, of which at least 10% is expected to be met from renewable sources including solar PV.

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