Karachi, Conergy joined with energy solutions provider, project developer Ensunt to realize 50MW large scale solar power plant at Bahawalpur in Cholistan region for DACC Power Generation Company Limited DPGCL which will be largest in Pakistan, one of landmark project in entire Middle East and Indian region. It is owned by DPGCL and Pakistan government which have now taken on Conergy to provide overall planning, engineering, design to facilitate access to power supply and make country less vulnerable to power outages.
Doug Melvin, President DPGCL, said: The 50MW plant is biggest solar project for Pakistan government. Currently, the region is heavily dependent on hydroelectric plants. Results are high fluctuations in energy supply, power outages or shortages. We are even looking beyond 50MW.”
Marc Lohoff, Conergy Board Member said: Potential in Pakistan is enormous: Currently, only 63% of country s total population is supplied with power. Due to decentralized character of this form of energy and high insulation levels, solar energy is ideally suited to close this gap and supply safe, clean, affordable energy.”
Once plant is completed, 210,000 Conergy PowerPlus modules on some 210km of SolarLine mounting systems will produce more than 78 gigawatt hours of clean energy per year. Over 140 Conergy IPG 300C central inverters will then feed solar power into Pakistan s grid, supplying 30,500 households with power. Besides private households, agriculture will also benefit by using it to run water pumps to water fields and crops.
Due to shortage, parts of the country can occasionally be left without any energy supply for up to 18 hours a day resulting in lower productivity, economic instability, social unrest. The government scrapped import duty on solar systems creating investment incentives for solar plants. With 8-9 hours of sunshine per day and annual insulation values of more than 1,700 kilowatt hours per square meter, Pakistan’s climatic conditions are ideal.