Pakistan all set to launch 860MW wind and solar power projects in 2021
Pakistan is boosting private sector investment in renewable energy projects to attain its clean energy goal.
The government is all set to launch as many as 16 winds and solar power projects with a cumulative capacity of 860MW.
Sources have revealed that the new renewable energy projects are expected to become operational by this year.
The new projects have been managed by the Alternative Energy Development Board, the federal agency tasked with promoting and developing renewable energy in Pakistan.
The new alternative energy projects are placed under three categories. The first category includes 19 projects of 531MW that have received the approval letter. In comparison, category two comprises 24 projects with a total electricity generation capacity of 1339MW that have acquired tariff and generation licenses. The third category includes 110 projects of 6707MW cumulative capacity.
Pakistan is boosting private sector investment in renewable energy projects to attain its clean energy goal. In 2020, Prime Minister Imran Khan vowed that by 2030 Pakistan would produce 60% of its electricity from renewable sources.
Nearly 24 wind power projects, mainly in the Thatta district of Sindh province, are currently generating 1235MW of electricity, accelerating the country’s clean energy transition.
AEDB has also initiated six solar projects of 430 MW cumulative capacity at Quaid e Azam Solar Park in Bahawalpur and in Sahiwal and Pind Dadan Khan that add to the share of clean energy in the country.
Pakistan’s current energy mix comprises 58% fossil fuels, 30% hydropower, and 10% renewables and nuclear power. However, the country has enormous potential for generating renewable energy, which is being explored considerably.
On the 18th March 2021, Pakistan connected its first 1100MW nuclear power plant unit to the national power grid, heading a major milestone to provide clean and affordable electricity to millions of people.
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