Use of Solar power as an alternative
Monday, 14 July 2008

Solar power and bio—fuel driven energy are the alternative sources of energy worldwide today. In our country,  alternatives to gas and diesel driven power stations may be replaced by coal -driven generations . The Chief Adviser has inaugurated this two-day a two-day programme on July 10 that includes a national workshop and an exhibition of the renewable energy products at a city hotel. In the wake of worldwide crisis in availability of fossil fuels and the controversy over converting food grains to bio-fuel , renewable energy sources such as solar power , bio-gas and other non-traditional fuels are being tapped .Steps are being taken to make mandatory the use of solar power in the new and under -construction high-rise buildings at Dhaka and other cities in the country .Also incentives will be provided to the older - building owners to convert to solar power and other renewable energy sources. To achieve this goal necessary changes are being made in the existing building -code rules . The eight-point target of this special campaign include bringing efficiency in the use of energy , preventing pilferage and misuse in the consumption of electricity and gas , installing energy-saving equipment in industries , conserving energy in businesses and homes and installing solar panels in city buildings and high rises.  As we have seen in recent years , the use of renewable energy sources , particularly solar panels, is increasing worldwide. All nations , both rich and poor are seeking alternatives to fossil fuels .But ,till today Bangladesh has only 2.5 lakh solar panels in use , in a total household count of over 30 million. Only a total of 10-25 megawatts of power now come from solar energy panels , whereas ,in Germany, for example twenty per cent of power generated comes from solar energy . The government should ask Donors to offer us financial and technological assistance to install the maximum number of solar panels in all high-rise and under-construction buildings in our cities. Construction loans by financial institutions , must now include mandatory provisions for installing solar panels in such bank -financed buildings The next programme should be to install these in the mofussil towns and villages, and in particular , the industrial installations. We congratulate the government for taking this timely step in the wake of rising fuel prices and scarcity of fossil fuels .

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