Pakistan has promising potential for solar power generation

Construction of first large solar farm in Pakistan gets under way

A large manufacturer of solar products has supplied 100MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules to a 500-acre (2km2) solar farm in Pakistan.

The farm, located in Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park Bahawalpur, was inaugurated earlier this year as a key project to address the country’s energy shortage. Due to an 8 per cent annual increase in energy demand, Pakistan is now faced with a deficit in energy production of 6GW.  

"The establishment of the Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park is an important means to attract foreign investment for Pakistan's energy industry,” said Mr Jian Xie, president of JA Solar manufacturing company.

According to the World Bank, Pakistan is a renewable energy hub that could help reduce power cuts and improve access to modern energy sources with its wind, solar, and biomass resources.

However, “the country lacks the high quality resource data at a national scale that is needed to take full advantage of these sources of clean energy,” the World Bank notes on its website.

The climate in the area benefits from the highest solar irradiance in the world, with approximately 3,000 hours of sunlight each year suitable for PV power generation. The Solar Park is part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a development programme for energy and infrastructure projects.

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