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A meeting was held with the Focal Persons of all ministries on 28th December, 2022 on the solarization of public sector buildings. Chairing the meeting, CEO AEDB Mr Shah Jahan Mirza briefed the participants about the details of the initiative of the Government on solarization of public sector buildings. The mechanism being adopted for the solarization of public sector buildings and the timelines for different activities under the initiative were also presented to the participants.

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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif chaired a meeting in Islamabad on 22nd December, 2022 regarding the promotion of solar energy in the country. The Prime Minister said necessary steps should be taken to promote the use of solar energy at the private level while maximum government buildings in the country should be converted to solar before the start of summer season. He said solarization should be done first in the buildings of the federal government in Islamabad capital territory and will be extended across the country later on.

The meeting was briefed that the federal cabinet has approved the framework for generating electricity from solar energy instead of expensive fuel.

AEDB is already working on development of a 600 MWp solar PV project at Muzaffargarh, Punjab for generation cheap electricity in substitution of expensive import fuel based generation. The competitive bidding process for the development of the said project will be initiated soon after the determination of benchmark tariff by NEPRA. AEDB has also been tasked to carry out the competitive bidding for solarization of public sector buildings on behalf of public sector entities. The competitive bidding process in this regard is planned to be initiated in early January, 2023. 

On December 07, 2022 AEDB Celebrated the project completion ceremony of 100MW solar PV power project of Zhenfa Pakistan New Energy Company (Private) Limited (ZPNECPL) in District Layyah, Punjab in presence of Honorable Federal Minister for Ministry of Energy (Power Division) Mr. Khurram Dastgir Khan and CEO AEDB Mr. Shahjahan Mirza.
At this occasion while inaugurating the ceremony, Honorable Federal Minister for Ministry of Energy (Power Division) Mr. Khurram Dastgir Khan said that this is a big step towards Government of Pakistan’s commitment of increasing the renewable energy share in power generation by adding clean and green energy into the system. Further the induction of lower tariff solar projects will help in reducing the overall cost of generation.
ZPNECPL acquired Letter of Intent (LOI) from Punjab Power Development Board (PPDB) for development of 100MW Solar PV power project in District Layyah, Punjab. The project company acquired Tariff from NERPA in February 2020 for its 100MW project. The 100MW project of ZPNECPL is placed under Category-II of the Cabinet Committee on Energy (CCoE) decisions. AEDB and PPDB issued the Tripartite Letter of Support (TLOS) to ZPNECPL on 3 September 2020 for its 100MW solar PV project. ZPNECPL has executed the Energy Purchase Agreement (EPA) with CPPA-G on 29 January 2021 with CPPA-G.
ZPNECPL has put up 229,885 PV modules of 435 Wp each having cumulative capacity of 100 MW, the modules are producing 188,427,600 kWh of clean electricity per annum. The levelized tariff for the project is US Cents 3.72/kWh.
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The Government of Pakistan is encouraging local manufacturing of solar PV panels and allied equipment in Pakistan. In this regard, Engineering Development Board (EDB) arranged a consultative workshop on the draft “Solar PV Panels and Allied Equipment Manufacturing Policy 2022” on October 4, 2022 at Islamabad. Mr. Shah Jahan Mirza, CEO Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) fully supported the local production of solar equipment and highlighted the current status and future prospects of the ARE sector in Pakistan in his presentation at the workshop.  Further he presented expected demand for solar installations in Pakistan in next ten years.

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The Inter Solar Energy Meet (ISEM) conference was hosted by White Paper Summit on May 21, 2022 at the Lahore Expo Centre Auditorium. The conference featured an expansive line-up of stellar speakers, case studies, panel discussions, unique presentations providing access to a wealth of industry leading knowledge, sharing best practices and experiences, spotlighting trends, information exchange, insights, and outlooks with actionable takeaways.

Mr. Shah Jahan Mirza, Chief Executive Officer, Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) attended the conference as key note speaker. CEO, AEDB presented the current status of utility scale Alternative & Renewable Energy (ARE) projects developed in the country along with the status of Distributed Energy development including net-metering, B2B and Off-grid projects. He talked about the future ARE capacity addition Plans as per the Indicative Generation Expansion Plan (IGCEP) of Pakistan, he also talked about the consideration of replacement of expansive thermal energy with large utility scale solar PV projects, the most economical and clean energy solution.

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11 March, 2022: Mr. Shah Jahan Mirza CEO AEDB visited the AEDB stall installed at Career Expo 2022 Pak China Friendship Center, Islamabad organized by Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training.

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