British High Commission in Dhaka opts for renewable energy through solar panels

The panels are estimated to produce around 18,000 kWh of electricity a year.

News Deskbdnews24.com
Published : 20 Nov 2022, 12:00 PM
Updated : 20 Nov 2022, 12:00 PM

The British High Commission in Dhaka has activated solar panels in its office in an attempt to move to renewable energy and reduce carbon emissions.

The High Commission, in partnership with climate tech company SOLshare, installed a 15.93 kW per hour grid-tied rooftop solar project to use energy from the sun as an offset against the commission’s electricity consumption from the grid for its office in Baridhara, a statement read on Sunday.

The panels will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by the High Commission by approximately 320 tonnes over an expected life of 30 years and will produce approximately 18,000 kWh of electricity a year.

British High Commissioner Robert Chatterton Dickson, who inaugurated the solar panels, said: “I am delighted to see that we are moving to green, renewable energy at our High Commission.”

“Electricity produced through renewable sources such as solar is critical to reducing our dependence on electricity produced by the burning of fossil fuels, which drives climate change.

“The energy crisis and the global situation since UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) hosted under the UK Presidency in November 2021 demonstrates that the rapid acceleration of renewable energy is not only essential to protecting the planet, but critical to the security of energy supply.”

Dr Sebastian Groh, managing director of SOLshare Limited, said: “We applaud the entire team of the British High Commission for taking this initiative. It’s important to walk the talk and it’s good timing during COP27 to set an example for all other missions.

“And this is just the beginning, we look forward to having further potential opportunities to support the British High Commission in their sustainability journey.“

The green energy transition will help to meet bold climate commitments by accelerating transition to more affordable, reliable, and accessible energy that spurs growth, and reduces carbon emissions, the statement read.

Rooftop solar panels have been proven as one of the most effective renewable energy solutions for Bangladesh to meet its desired energy target and alleviate the present energy crisis, it added.

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