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Published on August 19th, 2014 | by Mridul Chadha


Clenergy Wins Bid To Supply Equipment for Pakistan’s Largest Solar Power Project

August 19th, 2014 by  

Image Credit: Pakistani Flag via Flickr CC

Image Credit: Pakistani Flag via Flickr CC

The largest solar power project in Pakistan has started to take shape as orders have been placed for the mounting structures for solar photovoltaic modules. These mounting structures will be supplied by China-based Clenergy International.

Clenergy International has joined hands with TBEA SunOasis to supply mounting structures for 40 MW of solar PV modules to the Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park project. The proposed 1,000 MW project will have 100 MW installed by the end of this year while the project is expected to achieve the full capacity by 2016.

Clenergy and TBEA SunOasis have partnered for several solar power projects, but this is their first major venture outside Chinese borders. TBEA SunOasis will cover engineering, procurement and construction of the project, in addition to its operation and maintenance.

The progress on this flagship power project would bring relief to a country stricken with acute power shortages. Hydro and thermal power projects are struggling to generate power to match the demand. The hydro power generation has dropped significantly due to a weak monsoon this year, while the thermal power projects are short of fuel.

The shortage of electricity has forced the hand of utilities, which have taken to load shedding for up to 18 hours a day. The dismal state of the power sector is being seen as one of the several reasons for the ongoing political protests in the country.

Renewable energy sources can play a major role in the rejuvenation of Pakistan’s power sector. According to a report by US AID, the country has an estimated wind and solar energy potential of 143,000 MW. Several wind energy and solar power projects would be needed for the country to fill the 6,000 MW gap in power supply which is increasing with the demand rising by 8% every year.

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currently works as Head-News & Data at Climate Connect Limited, a market research and analytics firm in the renewable energy and carbon markets domain. He earned his Master’s in Technology degree from The Energy & Resources Institute in Renewable Energy Engineering and Management. He also has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering. Mridul has a keen interest in renewable energy sector in India and emerging carbon markets like China and Australia.

  • jeffhre

    “The proposed 1,000 MW project will have 100 MW installed by the end of this year while the project is expected to achieve the full capacity by 2016.”

    Wow this seems like a huge announcement. Though I would surmise, that in three years time, announcements at this scale will appear to be routine, common and modest!

  • JamesWimberley

    Pakistan follows India into the megaproject cul-de-sac. It’s not a disaster, as one 1 GW project works just as well as ten 100 MW ones. But it’s no better either – Mark Bolinger’s data show essentially no economies of scale above 5 or 10 MW – , and you increase the vulnerability of their supply to deeply compromised transmission systems.

    • Matt

      Putting a 1-100MW in 10-1000 towns (depending on size) is much better than 1 GW plant.

      • JamesWimberley

        Bolinger (the NREL go-to guy on utility solar) writes that utility solar plants are typically supplied in complete blocks of around 1.5 MW, with modules, mounts, cabling, inverters and whatnot. SumPower’s Oasis product is an example. Larger projects are simply assembled like Lego from such blocks. So the returns to scale are nearly flat.

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