Pakistan to manufacture solar panels locally in collaboration with China

Islamabad, May 14 (INP): Pakistan will manufacture solar panels locally in collaboration with China in Special Economic Zones (SEZs).
This will help to lower the cost of solar panels as well as enhancing energy resources, Gwadar Pro reported on Saturday quoting Amjad Hussein, a renewable energy expert.
China is the leader in solar technology and Pakistan could take benefit of it for meeting the country’s needs in Power sector, Amjad Hussein said while talking to Gwadar Pro.
He said, “It will lower its cost for local population and will help create job opportunities. Imported solar panels are costly, despite tax and duties exemption. Therefore, it would be better for us to manufacture our own solar panels in Pakistan.”

“The manufacturing of the solar panels locally will make it affordable for the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to install these systems in their homes and factories,” he added.

According to solar experts, an area needs a minimum of four hours of peak sunlight in order to produce electricity that is economical. In this regard, Pakistan is the most blessed country that has sunlight most of the areas for more than 300 days, and that too with 7 to 8 peak hours of sunlight.

The unbearable electricity crises in Pakistan have greatly affected not only the daily lives of people but businesses and industries as well.

Although, since the past couple of years, the government has attempted to resolve the issue of load shedding. But the gap in the demand and the production of electric energy is so vast that it cannot be covered with the current electric energy production sources alone.

The Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) has devised a plan to increase the existing 9,406 megawatts (MW) to 20,591 MW by the year 2028-29.

A major chunk of new supply would come from Diamer- Bhasha dam with 4,800 MW capacity and Dasu Hydropower Project with 4,300 MW, which is being built on the Indus river. Another big project called Mohmand Dam with 800 MW capacity is being constructed on the Swat river.