Knitwear factory owners could play an important role in producing green energy through setting up solar power panels at their factories' rooftops.
This rooftop solar power will push the clothing industries one step ahead in global competition as well, speakers noted at a virtual workshop titled "Scaling up net metered rooftop solar on knitwear industry" held on Tuesday.
Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority under the Ministry of Power Energy and Mineral Resources hosted the event for the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) members.
Currently, there are around 1,200 knitwear factories across the country.
Earlier, Infrastructure Development Company Limited – a government-owned non-bank financial institution specialised in financing in renewables – disclosed that around 5,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity can be generated by installing solar panels on the rooftops of ready-made garments (RMG), textiles and other industries.
State Minister of Power Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry Nasrul Hamid was present at the programme as the chief guest.
He said the leaders of Bangladesh's knitwear industry owners' association need to do more to promote green technology in line with global climate change.
Generating electricity in net metering system using solar technology in industrial establishments can be a good investment.
Through this it is possible to reduce electricity bills and establish Green Industry, he suggested.
The virtual event was, among others, addressed by Bangladesh Energy and Power Research Council Chairman Zakia Sultana and BKMEA first vice-president Mohammad Hatem.
The workshop discussed in detail the key issues of net metering rooftop solar, the application conditions for rooftop solar projects in this manner, the equipment and installation criteria for project implementation and various practical examples of investment and payback.
According to the Renewable Energy Policy-2008, the target is to generate 10% of electricity from renewable sources by 2021.