Identifying Potential Candidates for Renewable Energy Zones (REZs) in Bangladesh

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Bangladesh faces several hurdles to achieving its renewable energy objectives, such as land availability and transmission congestion. Renewable Energy Zones (REZ), which are geographic areas with high-quality utility-scale renewable resources, suitable land topography, and commercial interest, can help address these challenges and support long-term generation and transmission planning. This study focuses on solar PV (fixed-tilt) and onshore wind, leveraging recently developed high temporal and spatial resolution resource data. In the moderate land exclusion scenario, large "study areas" are identified in Bangladesh with capacity factors in the top 25% for the entire country - 5 for wind and 8 for solar. Within these study areas, 19 candidates for REZ are identified based on the overlap between these study areas and upazilas (i.e., administrative subdivisions) containing economic development zones. Four of the identified candidate zones are opportunities for priority development, given the combination of strong wind and solar resources and the presence of economic zones. Furthermore, the geographic diversity of wind and solar resources in Bangladesh could help increase grid resilience by not concentrating all renewable energy development in the same region. Finally, pairing REZ with economic zones can bolster economic development, take advantage of large electricity demand, and leverage existing infrastructure investments.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages30
StatePublished - 2023

Publication series

NamePresented at the Energy Conference 2023: National and Global Issues (ENCON23), 14-15 December 2023, Dhaka, Bangladesh

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-5R00-88268


  • Bangladesh
  • economic zones
  • onshore wind
  • renewable energy zones
  • REZ
  • solar PV
  • technical potential


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