LONGi Solar, one of the world’s leading integrated PV product manufacturers, announced on June 10 that it will be supplying high-efficiency PV modules for a solar project in Khulna, Bangladesh. The project is developed by Orion Group, a major industrial conglomerate in the country. According to LONGi’s press release and reports from other news outlets about this event, the Khulna project is also the largest solar project to date in Bangladesh.
Orion Group has arranged a PPA with the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) for the Khulna project, and the construction of the project is scheduled for completion this August. The modules that LONGi Solar will be providing belong to the company’s own Hi-MO5 series. Capable of reaching up to 545Wp, the Hi-MO5 series features high-efficiency and anti-PID technologies that help maximize generation within a limited space. Hence, the series has been selected by Orion Group to ensure that its solar project will operate at peak condition over a very long period.
Commenting on this deal, Dennis She, Senior VP of LONGi Solar, said that his company is happy to team up with Orion Group to build local PV power plants and help Bangladesh to reach its 10% renewable energy target for 2021. LONGi Solar is confident that the Hi-MO5 series with its exceptional performance will overcome the challenges in the development of utility-scale solar projects in the country.
Salman Obaidul Karim, Chairman of Orion Group, said that his company is now building solar projects as Bangladesh recognizes the need to leverage renewable energies to meet the growing domestic electricity demand. Karim added that valuable partners like LONGi will help make the Khulna project a sustainable, ecologically safe, and environment-friendly renewable energy project. The Khulna project is expected to be a major milestone for both Orion Group and Bangladeshi energy industry.
Like other Southeast Asian countries, Bangladesh receives plenty of sunshine hours every year. However, the country also has a monsoon season and is vulnerable to tropical cyclones. Furthermore, its environment is very hot and humid. These conditions thus create problems for building and maintaining PV power plants.