15 MW floating solar plant to be set up in Mongla

Country’s first floating solar power station with capacity of producing 15 MW electricity would be constructed at Mongla Pourasabha in Bagerhat, reports BSS.

The solar plant would be constructed at a cost of Taka 150 crore with financial support of Indian government.

A tripartite agreement in this regard has been signed at a function at Mongla Port Authority conference room on Sunday.

Mongla Pourasabha mayor Zulfikar Ali, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Premier Solar Powertech Pvt. Ltd of India Sudir Mola and Chairman of Bangladesh Solar EPC Development Ltd Izaj Al Qudrat-A-Majid signed the agreement.

The floating plant would be built on about 89-acre areas of two ponds and its vicinity of Mongla Port Water Treatment Plant.

Deputy Minister of Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change Habibun Nahar attended the MoU signing ceremony as the chief guest while Assistant High Commissioner of India Rajesh Kumar Raina was present as special guest. Acting chairman of Mongla Port Eng. Altaf Hossain, Director of the Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority Sheikh Riaz Ahmed were present.

The plant will come to operation in two years while in first phase it will produce five MW power in six months, 10 MW in 18 months and 15 MW in two years.

The electricity would be used to fulfill the demand of Mongla Pourasabha and surplus portion would be supplied to the national grid, officials said.