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1370.1 MW have been added to the national grid since 2013 through renewable energy projects

ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – April 22, 2018): The government has injected 1370.1 MW of electricity into the utility grid through renewable energy projects since 2013 to meet its growing energy needs.

Since 2013, significant progress has been made in the use of available renewable energy resources. A number of large-scale wind, solar and biomass projects have been initiated and completed.

A detailed resource assessment of wind, solar and biomass has been conducted throughout the country. Sources from the Energy Division, which highlighted milestones on Sunday, said that a consumer-friendly regime for net-metering has been established, while more than 700,000 people have benefited from solar lighting solutions in the Lighting Pakistan program.

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Sources said that the steps taken to harness the renewable energy potential of the country Including the boundary conditions for combined heat and power (bagasse / biomass) in 201

3 to use the existing potential for power generation with bagasse through sugar mills.

The preparation and approval of bankable standard security agreements (Energy Purchase Agreement and Implementation Agreement) for wind, solar and bagasse CHP projects and the resource assessment of renewable energy sources in Pakistan were the next steps.

The sources indicated that a detailed land-based resource assessment of wind, solar and biomass was carried out by supporting the ESMAP (Energy Sector Management Assistance Program), while the Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) supported the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority , NEPRA) in preparation and announcement of regulations for decentralized generation and grid counting for renewable energy applications.

AEDB assists relevant stakeholders in implementing regulations and also builds capacity building for DISCOs, it said, adding that AEDB's efforts to initiate domestic production of RE equipment make M / s China Three Gorges one Tower has built production facility, which will be expanded in the future to a wind turbine.

M / s DESCON also manufactures wind towers. In addition, the sources said that problems related to the financing of projects have been resolved and now leading finance agencies such as the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and the Trade Bank of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), etc.

offer financing for renewable energy in Pakistan. The use of solar-based off-grid applications such as solar water heaters, solar water pumps, solar street lamps, etc. is promoted.

In order to limit the import of low-quality solar systems, quality standards have been developed for solar systems. These quality standards were approved by the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) and subsequently approved by the Pakistani Standardization and Quality Control Authority.

The AEDB currently supports the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Federal Department of Finance (FBR) in the implementation of solar quality standards. The IFC Lighting Pakistan program was also initiated to promote off-grid RE applications to provide safe, affordable and quality lighting to more than one million Pakistanis.

The sources said the government had decided to develop more wind and solar energy projects through tenders to exploit the benefits of falling prices through market competition. aa

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