IFC signs deal to expand solar power generation in Bangladesh

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The pilot project, which will be developed through competitive bidding under a public-private partnership model, is aimed at demonstrating a viable model for a solar power plant in Bangladesh, drawing in the private sector

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, recently signed an agreement with the Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (SREDA) of Bangladesh to support a solar power plant of 35-50 megawatt capacity in Kushtia.

The pilot project, which will be developed through competitive bidding under a public-private partnership model, is aimed at demonstrating a viable model for a solar power plant in Bangladesh, drawing in the private sector.

“This is a unique concept as it will support the government in creating a viable and sustainable renewable energy model in Bangladesh, using marginal low-lying land to produce solar energy. This model can be repeated across the country,” said Wendy Werner, IFC Country Manager for Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal.

“By engaging the private sector, we aim to promote more investment in renewable energy projects in Bangladesh and reduce reliance on thermal energy.”

As the lead transaction advisor to SREDA, IFC is helping with structuring and tendering of the project to attract a credible private sector developer through a transparent and competitive process.

Meanwhile, the European Commission’s Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development, Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, and the Sustainable Development Investment Partnership are supporting the funding for consultants.

“This plan to bring in a solar independent power producer through a competitive bidding process which will play a pivotal role in developing the country’s renewable energy program by providing increased electricity access and clean energy, which will have positive impact on businesses and households in Bangladesh,” said Mohammad HelalUddin, Chairman, SREDA.

IFC has a committed global portfolio of over $8.2 billion in power and energy sectors, half of which is in renewables.