May 29, 2012
A view of solar power station
Islamabad, May 29, 2012: The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani inaugurated the first ever solar power grid station of Pakistan in Islamabad today.
The Project titled "Introduction of Clean Energy by Solar Electricity Generation System" is a special grant aid project of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) under Cool Earth Partnership. This project includes the installation of 178.08 kW Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Systems each at the premises of Planning Commission and Pakistan Engineering Council, Islamabad which would cater to the needs of both, the Planning Commission (P Block), Pak Secretariat and Pakistan Engineering Council Buildings. Combining the generation capacity of both the PV systems, a total of 356.16 kW of electricity can be generated by the entire setup.
This is the first on-grid solar PV project which has the arrangement of net-metering thereby allowing the beneficiaries to sell the surplus electricity to Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO), the electricity distribution company of Islamabad Division.
The role of energy sector is vital in developing the economy of the country. In order to develop the economy on sustainable basis, promotion of alternative energy resources i.e. solar, wind and hydel are very essential. Keeping this in mind, this Project was designed to introduce a demonstration unit of solar electricity generation system in order to promote the use of solar electricity.
The Project is executed with the grant assistance worth 480 million Yen (approx. 553.63 million Pakistani Rupees) in three years of time commencing from 2010.
This Project is important for two reasons, Firstly, It has commenced at a time when the county is facing acute electrical shortage and the Government of Pakistan is searching for and executing every possible venture for eradicating the demand-supply gap.
Secondly, the inauguration has been done at a time when Japan and Pakistan are celebrating the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between the two countries.
On this auspicious occasion, JICA reaffirms its role to continue to bring the people and Governments of both the countries close together.