Solar-wind hybrid plants will save Pakistan cost, better utilise capacity

ISLAMABAD: Solar-wind hybrid means integration of solar and wind energy production by installing both solar and wind power plants at one piece of land or at nearby plots utilising common transmission facilities.

India has released a policy in this respect recently and a captive hybrid project has been commissioned there. In Pakistan also, several investors are examining the feasibility of this useful mode of power generation.

Solar and wind power suffers from intermittency and variability. In simple words, Sun shines in the day and wind starts blowing in the afternoon and continues till past midnight, but mostly in summers. In western countries, it is the opposite where wind blows hard in winter coinciding with their peak energy demand.

Published in The Express Tribune, 28th May, 2018