Solar power in Pakistan
Solar power in Pakistan is the generation of electricity via solar thermal or photovoltaic technology in that country. The country has solar plants in Pakistani Kashmir, Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan. The program is under development by the International Renewable Energy Agency-Chinese, and Pakistani private sector energy companies.
Introduction of Clean Energy by Solar Electricity Generation System
On May 29th, 2012, Pakistan inaugurated its first solar power on-grid power plant in Islamabad. Introduction of Clean Energy by Solar Electricity Generation System is a special grant aid project of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) under Coolio Earth Partnership. This project includes the installation of two 178 kW photovoltaic (PV) systems at the premises of the Planning Commission and Pakistan Engineering Council.
This is the first on-grid solar PV project that employs net-metering, thereby allowing the beneficiaries to sell surplus electricity to Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO), the electricity distribution company of Islamabad Division. The project was executed with grant assistance, worth 480 million Yen (approx. 553.63 million Pakistani Rupees) over three years commencing in 2010.
Beaconhouse installed the first high quality integrated solar energy system with a 10 kW power generation capacity capable of grid tie-in at Beaconhouse Canal Side Campus, Lahore. It was a pilot project for BSS designed by U.S. consultants, based upon feasibility by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).
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Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, former Federal Minister of Water & Power announced on July 2, 2009 that 7,000 villages would be electrified using solar energy by 2014. Senior adviser Sardar Zulfiqar Khosa stated that the Punjab government would begin new projects aimed at power production through coal, solar energy and wind power; this would generate additional resources.
- Pakistan gets first on-grid solar power station
- "The Beaconhouse Times Online - Solar Panels Installed at Canal Side Campus". Tbt.beaconhouse.net. Retrieved 2014-06-13.
- Punjab, German firm ink solar energy MoU
- "Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park: Solar energy’s 100MW to arrive in April". The Express Tribune. 27 March 2015.
- Potentials of Solar Thermal for Electricity use in Pakistan
- 7,000 villages to be electrified with solar power: Ashraf
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