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Solar Resource Mapping:

The World Bank and Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB)-Government of Pakistan are implementing a Renewable Energy Resource Mapping activity covering all of Pakistan. The project is funded by World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) and focuses on the assessment of wind, solar and biomass resources, including ground-based data collection, GIS analysis, and geospatial planning.

 

For solar data collection, nine ground-based solar measurement stations have already been installed at following locations. The geographical locations of the sites are distributed all over Pakistan covering different solar and climatic regimes, with several universities:

 

  1. QA Solar Park, Bahawalpur
  2. National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Islamabad
  3. Kala Shah Kaku (KSK) Campus of UET Lahore, KSK
  4. MNS Campus of UET Lahore, Multan
  5. University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Peshawar
  6. NED University, Karachi
  7. Mehran University, Jamshoro
  8. Balochistan University of Information Technology (BUITEMS), Quetta
  9. Balochistan Univeristy of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Khuzdar

During the two year measurement campaign, which started in October 2014, high quality measurements of the global horizontal, direct normal irradiance, and diffuse radiation has so far been collected. Each has a different purpose: Global horizontal is useful for solar photovoltaic installations, whilst direct normal irradiance is needed for understanding the potential power output from a concentrated solar power plant. This project component is being led by DLR, the German space agency, and other partners.

 

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Once two years of solar measurements are obtained, these will be used this highly accurate data to produce solar atlas for Pakistan. The World Bank will publish the maps, resource database, and ground-based measurement data online, providing a public resource that can be utilized by government and commercial developers. The data will also be shared with the IRENA Global Atlas for Renewable Energy, which collects and shares data from multiple countries and studies.

For further detail, please visit

http://esmap.org/re_mapping_pakistan