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Pakistan Army Decides to Generate Electricity from Solar Power

According to media reports citing sources from the Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB), the Pakistan Army has purportedly decided to switch its cantonments from a costly energy system to less expensive solar electricity.

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The Army intends to generate electricity from solar power for self-consumption in its cantonments across the country as part of the endeavour to assist ease the energy crisis the nation is now experiencing.

The CEO of AEDB and a number of other senior officials have been informed by Colonel Mansoor Mustafa, Director General Works and Chief Engineer (Army), that the Army aims to contribute to the eradication of the present energy crisis by generating energy using solar power.

With the assistance of AEDB, National Electric Power Regulatory (NEPRA), and the State Bank of Pakistan, the projects have already received government approval in Pakistan (SBP).

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Via open competition, the Pakistan Army selected the winning vendors for the projects, including M/s Nizam Energy, M/s Solis Energy Solutions, and M/s Foundation Solar Energy.

At several cantonments throughout Pakistan, Military Engineering Services (MES) is now working on projects totaling 54MW, with some of these projects making more than 70% progress so far.

Vendors are having trouble importing components from abroad, which has caused numerous projects to be delayed for the past six months.

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In order to align its suppliers with the same facility offered to Build-Own-Operate-Transfer (BOOT) providers under the program, the General Headquarters (GHQ) has asked the AEDB and other authorities involved in the Prime Minister’s Initiative on “Clean and Green Energy” to do so.

They will be able to finish the Army’s unfinished projects and use solar energy to generate greener, less expensive electricity.

The government wants to build 10,000 MW worth of solar power plants around the nation to reduce the price of electricity production, which is now too expensive for industrial, commercial, and residential consumers.

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The government has already made the decision to switch the federal buildings’ energy source to solar power.

According to NEPRA, which oversees the nation’s power industry, the power firms have neither improved recovery or decreased losses, which has resulted in increasing electricity rates.

Also, the regulator suggested that the government privatise discos, with the intention of transferring at least one disco to each province.

Rashid Mehmood Langrial, the secretary of power, claims that the country’s annual defence budget is exceeded by losses in the power sector.

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