Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL) will introduce one-lakh bio gas plants in rural areas across the country by 2016.
The company already set 25,500 Biogas plants in rural areas through its Partner Organizations (POs) under National Domestic Biogas and Manure Programme (NDBMP) from June 2006.
“IDCOL is implementing the programme with support from government of Bangladesh,” Mahmood Malik, Executive Director and CEO of IDCOL, told newsmen recently.
He said the IDCOL would provide financial aid to install new 1 million solar home systems (SHS) and 20,000 biogas plants across the country.
The new 1 million SHSs will be capable TO generate 50MW electricity. Installation of the new target is likely to be completed within the next two years. At least another 5 million rural people would have access to electricity after implementation of the program is completed.
Under the National Domestic Biogas and Manure Program (NDBMP) program, IDCOL has constructed 22,000 domestic size biogas plants in Bangladesh from which at least 100,000 rural people have access to cocking gas as well as good quality bio-manure for improvement of soil fertility.
Upon construction of the new 20,000 biogas plants within next two years, another 100,000 people will have access to biogas facilities. In addition, the slurry, by-product of biogas plants, being a very good organic fertilizer can also be used to improve soil fertility.
From January 2003, IDCOL has brought more than 1,000,000 rural households under the solar power system. IDCOL is implementing this programme with financial assistance from the World Bank, ADB, IDB, GEF, GIZ, CIDA and KfW. A total of 30 Partner Organizations are disseminating solar home systems in the remote rural areas of Bangladesh under IDCOL’s renewable energy program.
IDCOL is playing a major role in bridging the financing gap for developing medium and large-scale infrastructure and renewable energy projects in Bangladesh.