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SOLshare and Shakti Foundation interconnect a P2P solar microgrid to the national grid

SOLshare, the initiator of the world’s first peer-to-peer energy exchange network for rural communities, in collaboration with the Shakti Foundation, is about to break another glass ceiling in energy innovation.

Funded by the UK government, SOLshare and the Shakti Foundation will interconnect one of their P2P solar microgrids – a network of interconnected solar home systems, in a rural village in Bangladesh via a single point called “Point of Common Coupling” (PCC ), to feed excess solar energy into the national grid.

The launch of the PCC, which was held on Tuesday, June 21 morning at SOLshare office in Dhaka, was opened by the main guest of the event, Dr. Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, Bir Bikram, Advisor to the Prime Minister for Electricity, Energy and Mineral Resources, reads a press release.

He was joined by Javed Patel, Acting British High Commissioner to Bangladesh, who was the special guest at the inauguration.

Dr. Tawfiq Elahi Chowdhury commended SOLshare and the Shakti Foundation for the timely innovation in the power system saying, “Hopefully today’s event will lead to the scaling up of this idea so that the benefits of micro- peer-to-peer solar networks reach more customers.

He assured government support for this venture.

Acting British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Javed Patel said: “We are delighted to support this groundbreaking pilot program which builds on Bangladesh’s global success in solar home systems and national grid expansion. It has the potential to bring benefits to many remote rural communities as well as increase the contribution of renewable energy to the national energy mix.”

The PCC (Point of Common Coupling) integrates the two major electrification efforts of Bangladesh – grid extension and the spread of the solar home system.

The Rural Electrification Board (REB) grid is connected on one side of the PCC, while the local SHS microgrid is connected on the other side.

The microgrid is self-contained and this grid infrastructure will be used for energy balancing with the national grid, while reducing load shedding and increasing service stability.

Solar Home System (SHS) users can sell electricity to the national grid to earn additional income while paving the way for the sustainability of our existing 6 million SHS.

This is the first step towards forming a smarter grid with the integration of existing distributed storage assets ultimately providing the means for the formation of a Virtual Power Plant (VPP).

“The Shakti Foundation is proud to collaborate with SOLshare in action research to examine the feasibility of contributing electricity to the national grid from Solar Home Systems (SHS). We believe this will be a game-changer in measurements climate change mitigation and will help achieve the country’s aspiration to generate 40% of electricity from clean energy sources by 2041,” said Imran Ahmed, Deputy Executive Director of the Shakti Foundation.

We are particularly excited about the potential revenue-generating opportunities this innovation can create for our microentrepreneurs and marginalized communities as they can sell their excess electricity and collectively contribute to the economy and the environment,” he said. added.

“Having achieved full electrification is a major achievement for Bangladesh. Today, the need of the hour is to increase grid resilience, power quality and the share of renewables. This pilot shows how this can be achieved by intelligently connecting user-owned assets to Today it starts with solar home systems, tomorrow it will continue with local three-wheeled electric batteries (B-Tesla),” commented Dr Sebastian Groh, co-founder and managing director of SOLshare.