28MWp utility-scale project in Bangladesh.

Global installation and O&M service provider, Proinso, in partnership with Joules Power Limited (JPL) took home the Asian Power Award 2018 in the category “Solar Power Project of the Year – Bangladesh”.

The 28MW utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) project is the first step towards the government’s target of producing 2,000MW of solar power by 2021, the firm said in a statement.

The solar PV plant will cover up to 80% of the present electricity demand of the entire Teknaf region and result in a reduction in CO2 emissions of 20,000 tonnes each year, with estimated 400,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions to be prevented over the next 20 years, the solar firm noted.

The solar project was selected by the judges as the "Solar Power Project of the Year - Bangladesh". The project is the first large-scale solar plant in Bangladesh that commenced commercial operation earlier this month. Read more: Bangladesh to add 286MW to the mix as country booms

The Project’s foreign currency financing is being arranged by Standard Chartered Bank with a risk guarantee being provided by GaurantCo part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) and local currency component being arranged by a consortium of Bangladeshi Banks led by One Bank Limited.

The awards were expertly judged by John Yeap, Partner, Head of Energy – Asia at Pinsent Masons, and Mark Hutchinson, VP, Head of Gas & Power Consulting, Asia Pacific Wood Mackenzie, Mike Thomas, Partner at The Lantau Group, Petteri Harkki, Regional Director for Asia of Poyryand, and Gervasius Samosir, Associate Partner of Solidiance.

Kunal Chandra, managing director of Proinso South Asia said: “This project is a demonstration of both Proinso’s business philosophy and global capabilities in solar projects. We believe that a strong collaboration between global and local businesses and institutions is the key to achieving long-term sustainable growth and reaching renewable energy targets, as defined by the Paris Agreement.”

“This project showcases the immense opportunity there is for Solar IPPs in Bangladesh and paves the way for future projects in the country. The finance structure has also been unique and a first for Bangladesh with the involvement of GaurantCo which shows international confidence and the bankability of the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and the Implementation Agreement (IA) the Bangladesh Government has to offer.

“We would sincerely like to thank the Prime Minister’s Office of Bangladesh, The Power Division of the Energy Ministry of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Power Development Board and the District Commissioner’s office of Cox’s Bazaar for the immense support we have received for the successful implementation of the project” said Nuher L. Khan the managing director of JPL and TSEL.