Web Desk — Pakistan’s solar energy potential is greater than Germany, reveals a report conducted recently by by the AEDB and World Bank, reports 24 News HD
According to Reuters report, solar energy production in Pakistan is poised to take off – just as the South Asian country is ramping up coal production to help plug a crippling power crisis, energy experts say.
New high quality solar maps – essential to securing financing for major solar projects – show Pakistan is one of the world’s best countries for producing solar energy because of its arid climate and latitude.
“Pakistan’s solar potential is huge,” said Jamil Masud, an energy expert who helped draft Pakistan’s national renewable energy policy.
Pakistan also has a range of major solar projects in the pipeline, amounting to more than 4,400 megawatts in potential power, said Amjad Awan, chief executive officer of the federal government’s Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB), an autonomous body working under the Ministry of Water and Power.
Until now, the country’s lack of detailed solar maps – needed by major investors, especially U.S. companies – has held back development of renewable energy, said Ali Habib, managing partner of Shama Solar, a company based in Lahore.
That changed in March, when Pakistan became one of the few developing countries to produce the maps. They were developed by the AEDB and World Bank, drawing on data from nine solar data stations and 12 wind masts installed across the country.
“The maps reveal that even areas … receiving the least average annual irradiation are better than Germany’s best regions for solar power generation,” said Masud.
Germany is a world leader in producing solar energy, and uses detailed solar maps to assess its own solar resources.