Development on the 100 MW Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park in Pakistan is moving along nicely, according to recent reports, with completion expected sometime in December.
This project is actually just the first phase of a larger 1 GW project that’s expected to be completed over the next two and half years — based in the Bahawalpur District of the Punjab.
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The mounting systems and foundations as well as some construction services for the project are being supplied by the Chinese company Powerway Renewable Energy to the developer TBEA.
While some previous solar projects in the country have stalled out at various phases of development, the Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park project seems to have overcome this barrier and looks to be on track to take advantage of the government’s previously set — and pretty generous — feed-in tariff rates, which were set back in January.
We’ve covered the ongoing developments with this project since it was announced last year.
As we reported some time after that, while the project is very likely to be a great boon to the country — potentially helping to alleviate some of its energy issues — with its sheer scale and the “name value” attached to it, will it escape from the region’s political instability? Or become a target for any number of the competing factions in the region, as a means of interrupting the power supply?
Some things to think about. Of course, if the project manages to remain unthreatened, 1 GW of new, reliable generating capacity will no doubt go a long way, especially in a region with such good solar resources.