Prime Minister's Energy Adviser Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury has asked the Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (Sreda) to develop a guideline to make the solar rooftop systems effective.
He gave the directive while attending a workshop titled "Scaling up Net Metered Rooftop Solar in the garment industry," organised by Sreda as the chief guest on Wednesday.
The directive came when the prime minister's energy adviser was replying to a question regarding the ineffectiveness of most of the rooftop solar systems installed at domestic and commercial buildings.
Earlier, on 25 December, a report titled "Rooftop solar panels are now junks" was published in The Business Standard, which showed that around 90% of the country's rooftop solar systems are now non functional.
Tawfiq-e-Elahi urged the industries to come forward to set up solar systems on their rooftops to increase the country's green credentials at a global level.
The prime minister's energy adviser also asked Sreda to set up an anonymous complaint box at its office premises so that the customers can file their complaints.
Md Habibur Rahman, secretary of the Power Division of the Ministry of the Power Energy and Mineral Resources, presided over the workshop while Mohammad Alauddin, chairman of the Sreda moderated the programme.
Ahmad Kaikaus, principal secretary of the Prime Minister's Office, graced the program as the special guest and talked about the benefit of the rooftop solar systems.
He said, "Rooftop solar and net metering not only saves cost, it also saves the earth by reducing carbon emission."
Engineer Md Rashedul Alam, assistant director of Sreda, gave a PowerPoint presentation where he showed the ways in which rooftop solar systems could be connected to a net metering system for more benefits.
He said there are two models – Opex and Capex – through which investors can enter into the net metering system to make money by selling solar electricity to the distribution companies.
Under the Capex model, industrialists themselves can sell the electricity to the distribution company, while the Opex model gives the investors an option to hire a third party to install solar panels on their industries' rooftops.
Stakeholders from textile and garments industries participated in the program and expressed their opinions on the rooftop solar and net metering systems.