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Solar, electric rickshaws to run in Peshawar soon

solar-electric-rickshaws-To control the ever increasing environmental pollution, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) government has decided to introduce solar and electrical rickshaws in Peshawar soon.

Talking to a private news channel, Secretary transport department KP Hamid Gigyani said that the KPK government wanted to reduce pollution in the province and particularly in the capital city Peshawar and that was the reason the electric and solar rickshaws were being introduced.

He said that a number of companies had submitted their proposals to the KPK transport department to introduce rickshaws run by electricity and solar technology.Read More »Solar, electric rickshaws to run in Peshawar soon

Pakistan to pull solar energy into national power grid

Amid a worsening energy crisis, Pakistan has approved the use of grid-connected solar energy, rooftop solar installations and mortgage financing for home solar panels to boost uptake of clean energy in the country.

The government has also reversed course and eliminated a 32.5 percent tax imposed on imported solar equipment in the country´s 2014-2015 budget. The reversal aims to bring down the cost of installing solar panels.

The approval of net-metering – which allows solar panel purchasers to sell power they produce to the national grid – is a major breakthrough that could spur use of solar energy and help Pakistan´s government cut power shortages in the long run, said Asjad Imtiaz Ali, chief executive officer of the Alternative Energy Development Board, a public organisation.Read More »Pakistan to pull solar energy into national power grid

Imran Khan pushes Pakistan to unlock hydropower potential

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Imran KhanMATTA: Standing on the balcony of his two-story riverside hotel, Bilal Mustafa enthuses about the inauguration of a micro-hydroelectric power station in his scenic town.

“The cheap electricity from the station will boost the hotel industry in the area and slash the cost of running hotels and motels,” Mustafa predicted. “Escalating fuel wood prices pose a threat to the sustainability of our hotel businesses.”

Perched along the lower reaches of the Swat River, which snakes through Pakistan’s mountainous northwest province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Matta is popular with tourists who come to see the breathtaking waterfalls and lakes that feed the river, a major tributary of the Indus River.

More than two million people are estimated to visit the district’s valleys annually to enjoy views of the Hindukush mountain peaks and meadows. Mustafa says that 70 per cent of local people here earn a livelihood from tourism.Read More »Imran Khan pushes Pakistan to unlock hydropower potential

Pakistan plans huge desert solar park to fight energy crisis


BADAIWANI WALA: For years Pakistanis have sweated and cursed through summer power cuts, but now the government plans to harness the sun’s ferocious heat to help tackle the country’s chronic energy crisis.
In a corner of the Cholistan desert in Punjab province, power transmission lines, water pipes and a pristine new road cross 10,000 acres of parched, sandy land.Read More »Pakistan plans huge desert solar park to fight energy crisis

Breakthrough in coal power

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Until the late 1970’s, Pakistan’s entire power generation was based on indigenous resources. Now, less than 60 per cent of power generation is from indigenous resources, which are depleting fast or getting out of use.

There are now no two opinions that after hydropower generation, domestic coal, in the long run, is going to be the cheapest source of power generation when compared with imported coal, LNG, furnace oil and high speed diesel. Domestic natural gas, although cheaper than coal, is fast becoming a scarce commodity, and is at the centre of political wrangling.Read More »Breakthrough in coal power

Asian Development Bank’s Energy Outlook 2013

Pakistan needs to enhance reliance on imports

With continued energy demand growth in Pakistan, it will be increasingly difficult to meet the demand with domestic sources and Islamabad will have to increasingly rely on imported energy sources, the Asian Development Bank’s Energy Outlook 2013 revealed on Monday.

In the business as usual (BAU) case, the primary energy demand for Pakistan is projected to increase from 84.6 million tons in 2010 to 145.8 million tons in 2035, growing at an annual rate of 2.2 percent, it showed. With this growth, Pakistan’s per capita energy demand will reach 0.59 tons per person as compared to that of 0.49tons in 2010.Read More »Asian Development Bank’s Energy Outlook 2013

Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park

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CM Punjab approves Master Plan

Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif presided over the fourth meeting of Punjab Energy Council in which formal approval was given to master plan of Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park consisting of ten thousand acresof land.

The Chief Minister said that development work on the project will be started immediately andcompleted on emergent basis.
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