Inaugurating the first ever mini grid solar power plant of Souro Bangla Ltd at its project site located at Paratoli Islands, Raipura, Narsingdi held on October 29, 2015, Thursday, at 11-00 am in the morning.
Ambassador of Federal Republic of Germany to Bangladesh His Excellency Dr. Thomas Prinz inaugurated the solar power plant as the Chief Guest. In his speech he applauded this as an extra-ordinary venture and said, Souro Bangla has taken the task of carrying light to the lives of these people living in such remote corners. German government would always stand by the government of Bangladesh in any kind of similar initiative, he assured.
Headmaster of Paratali Kalimuddin High School Mr Alimuddin Chowdhury thanked the initiators for their good initiative. At present, 613 families are subscribers to the plant. Mosques as well as the school going children are being benefited from this power-source. Electricity has reached the shops in the bazar, the ice-cream factory, the auto-rickshaw drivers and agro-irrigation. A 9 kilometer transmission line is in effect that includes seven villages. A new life has emerged in the mundane life of these inaccessible people.
After the inauguration IDCOL made a beautiful presentation detailing on the project and its future implications. And then, all were guided to a visit to and take a closer look into the project which was followed by a session of opinion sharing with the customers.
Notably, Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL), a government owned non-bank financial institution and country’s pioneer in off-grid renewable energy financing has already approved 16 Mini grid project and has a plan to finance 50 Mini grids by 2018.
Mr. Mahmood Malik, Executive Director & CEO, IDCOL, Mr. David Kunze, Country Director, KFW, Mr. Tazmilur Rahman, Senior Sector Specialist Energy, KFW, Mr. S.M Monirul Islam, CFO and Head of Operations, IDCOL, Mr. Md. Enamul Karim Pavel, Head of Renewable Energy, IDCOL, Mr. Nazmul Haque Faisal, Unit Head Corporate Affairs, Mrs. Farzana Rahman, Unit Head Investment (Renewable Energy), Mr. Sabbir Choudhury, Director, Shouro Bangla Ltd were present on the occasion as Special Guests.
Mini grid solar plant is a set of electricity generators and, possibly, energy storage systems interconnected to a distribution network that supplies the entire electricity demand of a localized group of customers.