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PROGRESS SO FAR MADE IN SOLAR POWER SECTOR IN PAKISTAN

Solar Energy can play a vital role in Pakistan to overcome the energy shortages in the Country. Pakistan lies in an area of one of the highest solar insolation in the world. This vast potential can be exploited to produce electricity, which could be provided to off-grid communities as well as on-grid to National Grid in the northern hilly areas and the southern and western deserts.

 

 

Government of Pakistan is offering excellent incentives to investors for solar power development in the country. Investors have been offered lucrative fiscal and financial incentives that are of key interest for them to come to this market. Provincial governments, particularly Punjab Government, are also facilitating development of solar power in Pakistan. Though we started late to develop solar PV power projects, i.e. in 2009, however, now we are at stages where serious projects are coming up.

At present, 28 projects of 956.8 MW capacity are under development within the framework of AEDB policies and procedures. These projects are at various stages of development. The expected timelines for their commissioning are as follows:

 

YearYearly Cumulative Capacity (MW)

2015

100

2016

400

2017

730

   2018 

1556

Upfront Tariff has been awarded to 11 IPPs for 472.48 MW by NEPRA; Following 07 projects of 72.48 MW projects are in process of achieving financial close. 200 MW Solar PV Power Projects are installed 100 MW by Quaid-e-Azam Solar Power (Pvt.) Ltd. 200 MW is under construction (100 MW by M/s Best Green Energy Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd. & 100 MW by M/s Crest Energy Pakistan Limited). 

11.52 MW M/s Access Solar (Pvt.) Ltd. Upfront Tariff US Cents 15.77/kWh
10 MW M/s Access Electric (Pvt.) Ltd. Upfront Tariff US Cents 15.77/kWh
10 MW M/s Bakhsh Solar (Pvt.) Ltd. Upfront Tariff US Cents 15.13/kWh
10 MW M/s Safe Solar (Pvt.) Ltd. Upfront Tariff US Cents 15.13/kWh
1 MW M/s Blue Star Hydel (Pvt.) Ltd. Upfront Tariff US Cents 15.77/kWh
18 MW M/s Harappa Solar (Pvt.) Ltd. Upfront Tariff US Cents 12.10/kWh
12 MW M/s AJ Power (Pvt.) Ltd. Upfront Tariff US Cents 12.10/kWh

NEPRA has announced amendment in Grid Code for solar PV power projects on June 30, 2014 and Standard Project Security Documents (EPA, IA) have been approved by the ECC on March 19, 2015. The standard Solar PV documents are prepared to account for latest determination and direction issued by NEPRA with regards to tariff. The templates of standard EPA and IA are available at download section.

New Upfront Tariff for Solar PV Power Projects

NEPRA, vide its determination dated December 16, 2015 has announced revised new upfront tariff for solar PV power projects at following rates applicable from 1 January 2016 for a period of six months.

 

                              Levelized Tariff for Solar PV Power Projects (US Cents/kWh)
North (LIBOR)South (LIBOR)

1 - 20MW

21 - 50 MW

51 - 100 MW

1 - 20MW

21 - 50 MW

51 - 100 MW

11.5327

11.4460

11.3560

10.8920

10.8101

10.7251

The upfront tariff for Solar has allowed SINOSURE coverage, brought more clarity on degradation, revised tariff sharing mechanism after benchmark energy to create incentives for efficiency has issued clear directions to NTDC and DISCOs to approve the grid connectivity and simulation studies to the effect that solar based power will be evacuated in accordance with the project timeline. 

Projects initiated under Provincial LOIs.

AEDB is offering Federal Govt. Guarantee to projects initiated under provincial LoIs, provided they obtain a tripartite LoS (AEDB, Prov. Govt. and IPP). Required amendment in the RE Policy 2006 has been approved by ECC on May 21, 2015. Standard Templates of TLOS, PG, Facilitation Agreement and Coordination Agreement have also been approved by the ECC.

  

The developments in the solar sector, the demand for new generation and GoP’s plans to harness clean sources of energy have resulted in creating interest from several local and foreign investors for developing solar power projects in Pakistan. There is a huge interest developed for investment in the solar sector.

AEDB’s SUPPORTING MEASURES

Several measures have been undertaken by AEDB to create an enabling environment for development of solar power in Pakistan. A snapshot of the same is given below:

  •  Amendment of Grid Code for Solar Power projects has been initiated with the support of CPPA/NTDC;
  • Standard project documents are developed;
  • Building lenders' confidence through supportive measures and introduction of almost all leading manufacturers of the world in the local market to supply ARE equipment;
  • Work with NEPRA on offering an Upfront tariff for RE projects in line with other countries of the world for quick development of RETs;
  • Capacity building of provincial governments through technical assistance / facilitation;
  • Duty / tax exemptions on RE equipment;
  • Development of private businesses in RE technology;
  • Promotional activities through international and local conferences, exhibitions and road shows with active participation of media, undertaken to address the issues of consumer shyness and acceptability of RE technologies;
  • Development of local capacities for EPC services and for manufacturing of towers locally;
  • Supporting private sector in addressing their administrative issues;
  • Building capacities of the public sector institutions in solar power projects

 

 AEDB EXISTING SOLAR PV POWER PROJECTS WITH STATUS

Sr. No. Company Project Capacity  (MW) Location LOI Issuance Date Tariff Generation License LOS

Expected FC & COD

01 M/s Access Solar Pvt. Ltd.  11.52 Pind Dadan Khan,District Jehlum, Punjab 30-Jul-11 No.NEPRA/TRF-258/AEPL-2014/3022-3024
March 28, 2014
No. SPGL/05/2014 dated June 26, 2014 B/3/2/SPV/AEPL/LOS-4 dated December 22, 2014 Mar-17 (FC) Mar-18 (COD)
02 M/s Bukhsh Solar (Pvt.) Ltd. 10 Dharanwala, District Bahawalnager, Punjab 11-Jul-12 No. NEPRAJTRF-262/BEPL-2014/15281-15283
November 24, 2014
SPGL/06/2014 dated June 26, 2014 B/3/2/SPV/BE/LOS-2 dated October 1, 2014 Mar-17 (FC) Dec-17 (COD)
03 M/s Integrated Power Solution 50 Nooriabad, Sindh 3-Jul-13 Awaited Awaited NIL Sep-17 (FC) Jun-18 (COD)
04 M/s Jafri & Associates 50 Nooriabad, Sindh 3-Jul-13 Awaited Awaited NIL Sep-17 (FC) Jun-18 (COD)
05 M/s Solar Blue Pvt. Ltd. 50 Nooriabad, Sindh 3-Jul-13 Awaited Awaited NIL Sep-17 (FC) Jun-18 (COD)
06 M/s Safe Solar Power Pvt. Ltd 10.2816 Bhawalnager, Punjab 13-Jan-14 No. NEPRA/TRF-261/SSPPL-2014/3993-3995
April 22, 2014
SPGL/07/2014 dated September 12, 2014 B/3/2/SPV/SSPPL/LOS-6 dated Feb-17 (FC) Dec-17 (COD)
07 M/s Access Electric Pvt. Ltd. 10 Pind Dadan Khan,District Jehlum, Punjab 13-Feb-14 No.NEPRA/TRF-256/ASPL-2014/3029-3031
March 28, 2014
SPGL/03/2013 dated Aug 22, 2013 B/3/2/SPV/ASPL/LOS-3 dated December 22, 2014 Mar-17 (FC) Mar-18 (COD)
08 M/s R.E. Solar I Pvt. Ltd.  20 Dadu, Sindh 21-Apr-14 Awaited N/A NIL May-17 (FC) Mar-18 (COD)
09 M/s R.E. Solar II Pvt. Ltd. 20 Dadu, Sindh 21-Apr-14 Awaited N/A NIL May-17 (FC) Mar-18 (COD)
10 Janpur Energy Limited  SPV: Jan Solar (Pvt.) Ltd.                   12 Sultanabad, Rahim Yar Khan, Punjab 27-May-14 Awaited N/A NIL May-17 (FC) Mar-18 (COD)
11 Janpur Energy Limited SPV:Lalpir Solar Power (Pvt.) Ltd. 12 Mehmood Kot, District Muzafargarh, Punjab 27-May-14 Awaited N/A NIL May-17 (FC) Mar-18 (COD)
12 Blue Star Hydel Pvt. Ltd. 1 Pind Dadan Khan,District Jehlum, Punjab 27-May-14 No. NEPRA/TRF-274/BSHPL-2014/13265-13267
October 24, 2014
SPGL/10/2015 dated Feb 3, 2015 B/3/2/SPV/BSHPL/LOS-5 Mar-17 (FC) Dec-17 (COD)
13 Blue Star Electric Pvt. Ltd. 1 Pind Dadan Khan,District Jehlum, Punjab 28-Nov-14 No. NEPRA/TRF-315/BSEPL-2015/10432-10434
July 13, 2015
SPGL/11/2015 dated Feb 16, 2015 NIL Mar-17 (FC) Dec-17 (COD)
14 Siddiqsons Solar Ltd. 50 Chakwal, Punjab 5-Dec-14 N/A N/A NIL Jun-17 (FC) Mar-18 (COD)
15 Harappa Solar (Pvt.) Ltd. 18 Sahiwal,Punjab 31-Dec-14 No. NEPRA/TRF-324/HSPL-2015/9991-9993
July 2, 2015
SPGL/15/2015 dated June 29, 2015 B/3/2/SPV/HSPL/LOS-7 Mar-17 (FC) Dec-17 (COD)
16 AJ Power (Pvt.) Ltd. 12 Adhi Kot, Khushab, Punjab 6-Feb-15 No. NEPRA/TRF-335/AJPPL-2015/14843-45
October 9, 2015
SPGL/16/2015 dated October 6, 2015 B/3/2/SPV/AJPPL/LOS-8 Mar-17 (FC) Dec-17 (COD)
17 Adamjee Power Generation Pvt. Ltd. 10 Noorsar, Bahawalnager, Punjab 2-Mar-15 N/A N/A NIL Dec-17 (FC) Dec-18 (COD)
18 Forshine (Pakistan) 50 Gharo ,Thatta, Sindh 17-Apr-15 N/A N/A NIL Jun-18 (FC) Jun-19 (COD)
19 ET Solar (Pvt.) Ltd. 50 Attock, Punjab 22-Apr-15 N/A N/A NIL Dec-17 (FC) Dec-18 (COD)
20 ET Solar (Pvt.) Ltd. 25 Gharo, Thatta, Sindh 22-Apr-15 N/A N/A NIL Dec-17 (FC) Dec-18 (COD)
21 ACT Solar (Pvt.) Ltd. 50 Sindh 6-Jul-15 N/A N/A NIL Dec-17 (FC) Dec-18 (COD)
22 Crystal Energy (Pvt.) Ltd. 2 Sambrayal, District Sialkot Punjab 8-Jul-15 N/A N/A NIL

Jun-18 (FC)

May-19 (COD)

23 Asia Petrolium Limited 30 Noorsar, Bahawalnagar, Punjab 3-Aug-15 N/A N/A NIL Dec-17 (FC) Dec-18 (COD)
24 First Solar (Pvt.) Ltd. 2 Mukhayal, Kalar Kahar, District Chakwal, Punjab 11-Sep-15 N/A N/A NIL Dec-17 (FC) Dec-18 (COD)

       Total Capacity: 556.8