The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the Government of Pakistan and the funding of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) is currently implementing the project titled ‘Sustainable Development of Utility Scale Wind Power Production.’
The Phase I of this project – which is currently underway, has been designed to remove the policy and regulatory barriers and create an enabling investment environment for commercial scale wind power projects in Pakistan, says a press release.
The Wind Energy Project (WEP) is currently in the process of setting up an off-grid wind/solar hybrid project for a remote and underdeveloped region of Sindh.
The success of this project would illustrate the potential that alternate energy resources, particularly wind and solar energy, holds for those communities in our country where the reach of the national grid is not likely to be extended anywhere in the near future.
One of the main barriers to be removed in the activities of Phase I is the efficient clearance of environmental impact assessments (EIA’s) for prospective wind energy projects. WEP thus awarded the responsibility of conducting such a study for the ‘Gharro Wind Corridor’ to a Consortium ‘Taller de Ingenierجa Ambiental SL, Eolic Partners and Halcrow Pakistan. The main objectives of the assignment are to provide a mechanism that will improve the efficiency of approvals for wind project EIAs and to provide a strategy that will assist environmental regulatory agencies in the sustained enforcement of EIA submissions, environmental monitoring plans and mitigation actions.
Source: The News, 1st December, 2008