Is Pakistan’s solar power poised to take off amid energy crisis?
But Pakistan also has a range of major solar projects in the pipeline, amounting to more than 4,400 megawatts in potential power, said Amjad Awan, chief executive officer of the government’s Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB), an autonomous body working under the Ministry of Water and Power.
Until now, the country’s lack of detailed solar maps ─ needed by major investors, especially US companies ─ has held back development of renewable energy, said Ali Habib, managing partner of Shama Solar, a company based in Lahore.
That changed in March, when Pakistan became one of the few developing countries to produce the map.
Pakistan’s National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has issued guidelines for net metering so consumers can now sell excess solar energy they produce back to the grid, Salahuddin said
Published in Dawn, 8th May, 2017