Sindh to utilise solar power to energise off-grid villages

In order to utilise massive solar energy potential of the province, the Sindh government is working on a policy to establish mini and micro grids to energise the off-grid villages of the province at the most affordable cost in partnership with the private sector.

Sindh Energy Secretary Abu Bakar Madani said this while speaking as the chief guest at a seminar on solar power. He told the seminar that the provincial government had been working on a number of initiatives to tap indigenous renewable energy resources of the province with the aim of providing affordable energy to the people of Pakistan. These clean energy resources included wind, solar, biomass, small-scale hydropower, and waste-to-energy potential available in Sindh, he said.

He added that the energy department had launched the World Bank-funded Sindh Solar Energy Project envisaging a 400-megawatt-capacity solar park and provision of 200,000 solar home systems in 10 districts of the province having low energy access. The same project is also being implemented to produce an additional 20 MWs of solar power through utilisation of the rooftops of the public sector buildings in urban areas, mainly the hospitals, Madani said.

He told the audience that the Sindh government had already installed 352 solar PV (photovoltaic) hybrid systems in 225 primary health facilitates in 13 districts of Sindh. The energy secretary said the Sindh government wanted private investors to invest in the alternative and renewable energy sector and for the purpose the Land Grant Policy 2015 was being implemented for providing land to execute clean power projects.