Published on November 12th, 2013 | by James Ayre2
500 MW Solar Energy Project Being Developed In Cholistan, Pakistan
The chief minister of the Punjab government in Pakistan has just announced plans for the development of a 500 MW solar energy project in the Cholistan region — a project that will apparently be completed with the aid of the Canadian government.
While much remains unknown about the project, a few details are known — the project deal involves the Canadian government, the project will be completed in two phases, it’s not clear exactly how the Canadians will be involved, and the first phase will see 200 MW of capacity go online before the second phase is finished. The chief minister also announced plans for a 1 GW electricity generation scheme at the same press conference.
Prominent Pakistani newspaper The Nation broke the news, stating that the governments of Canada and Pakistan had come to an agreement and would subsequently be developing a 500 MW solar project in the country.
PV Magazine provides more info:
Few details were revealed in yesterday’s online report with Punjab chief minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif reportedly announcing the deal at a press conference. The information reportedly released by the chief minister was characteristically vague with no dates given and no details of what the Canadian government’s involvement will be. An image accompanying the Nation article showed only a Canadian flag on the desk in front of assembled Punjabi government officials.
The Nation report added chief minister Sharif had also announced plans for a 1 GW electricity generation project with no further details added.