The provincial government of Baluchistan have signed agreements with the government of Canada for setting up solar plants of 1,000MW in different parts of the province.
The government of Baluchistan under the 18th amendment held direct talks with the Canadian government for investment in the energy sector. In the last one year alone, Pakistan’s renewable energy sector fetched a whopping $3 billion in foreign investments clearly highlighting the potential. Pakistan, in the last few years, have invested significantly in the renewable energy sectors. The country is already home to the, currently under construction, world’s largest solar power plant – Quaid e Azam Solar Park. It progresses smoothly in Bahawalpur, Punjab.
Reportedly, the Chief Secretary of Baluchistan, Saifullah Chattha signed the agreement with the Canadian government officials in Islamabad a few days ago. Under the agreement, a Canadian firm is set to establish 50MW solar plants in different parts of the province to meet the energy requirements. Twenty locations will be identified where these 50MW plants will be installed. A team of experts from Canada are expected to visit Baluchistan in some time to finalize the plans for setting up these plants. Chief Minister of Baluchistan, Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri, asked the Baluchistan Investment Board to play due role in bringing more investment to the province.
Currently, the Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) issued over 25 Letters of Interests (LoIs) to various solar projects with a cumulative capacity of 663MW all of which would attain commercial operations by 2018. The Punjab government issues LoIs for 600MW projects and another 300MW of solar plants have already been financed. Quaid e Azam Solar Park currently supplies 100MW to the national grid. It would supply 300MW of additional solar power by the end of this year. The park would generate 1,000MW by 2017. AEDB also plans solar PV power projects with a cumulative capacity of 1,111.44MW. Other solar plants with a total capacity of 300MW are under construction while 250MW solar projects were also included under China Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.