Installation of solar irrigation pumps in Bangladesh

Last Modified: Fri Dec 04 2020 09:35:49 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 1.34 million
    Estimated number of diesel pumps used for agricultural irrigation in Bangladesh. Irrigation is the second top diesel-run sector in Bangladesh and consumes over 15% of the total diesel imported.
  • 3.4 billion tonnes
    Annual diesel consumption on account of these pumps costing an estimated $1 billion. Diesel consumption for irrigation decreased from 4.3 million tonnes in 2018, as the use of electricity-run and solar-powered irrigation pumps is on the rise. According to the Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC), this is a 21% decrease in diesel consumption in the sector compared to 2018.
  • 240,000
    Number of irrigation pumps that run on grid supplied electricity in addition to diesel pumps. These pumps in turn require 1,500 MW of generation capacity.
  • 1,446
    Number of solar irrigation pumps installed across Bangladesh as of Dec 2019. The pumps have a combined generation capacity of 31 MWh. Of the total number solar pumps, the Infrastructure Development Company Ltd (IDCOL), a state-owned non-bank financial institution, has financed the installation of 1,270 solar irrigation pumps which have a cumulative capacity of producing about 28.78 megawatts per hour.
  • 50,000
    Number of solar irrigation pumps that Infrastructure Development Company Ltd (IDCOL) has set a target to install by 2025, and the government has made low-interest loans available to the company for this purpose. backed by the World Bank’s Global Partnership on Output-Based Aid program, German development agency the KfW, Japanese and U.S. equivalents the Japan International Cooperation Agency and the United States Agency for International Development, the Asian Development Bank and the Bangladesh Climate Change Resilience Fund.
  • 2,000
    Number of solar irrigation pumps the Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB) plans to set up through its 10 Palli Bidyut Samity offices by December 2020. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is financing this project under its Power System Efficiency Improvement Project.
  • 1,702
    Number of solar irrigation pumps installed as of Jul 2020, with a total generation capacity of more than 45.5 MW.
  • Oct 2020
    German supplier Raach Solar and its Bangladeshi partner Power Utility Bangladesh Ltd secure 2 tenders worth a total $9 million to install 705 solar-powered irrigation pumps in the north-western Bogra district. The pumps will be financed by Asian Development Bank (ADB) grant under the development lender's power system efficiency improvement project. The pumps were proposed by the Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board and the contract awards ratified by the government's cabinet committee on procurement on 08 Oct 2020.
  • 1,950
    Number of solar irrigation pumps installed as of Sep 2020, with a total generation capacity of more than 47 MW.