Despite many claims of the current government, Pakistan has still not been able to overcome an energy crisis which is a cause of issues to many consumers and industries which is why people are now shifting towards alternative energy solutions, particularly solar power. Which makes sense considering the amount of sunshine all year round and high levels of solar radiation.
Pakistan has faced severe load shedding due to the massive gap in the supply and demand of electricity. During the summer season, power outages are at their peak as high demand of electricity is not been met by the national grid. Pakistan is installing new power projects through CPEC but they will take some time and thus solar panels can be used to bridge the power supply gap.
A lot of foreign companies are now entering the solar energy market in Pakistan as they believe that there is high potential in the market and increased demand.
Florida-based Sky Electric believes that these increased demands for power can be mitigated by solar energy, reducing the load on the national grid. According to Sky Electric’s Ashar Aziz, one million houses powered by solar panels can reduce the load from national grid by 20-30%. Currently, the total production of national grid stands at more than 16,000 MW while demand stands at around 21,000 MW (average shortfall of 5,000 MW)
Ashar Aziz said that it’s the right time to move towards solar power solutions in the country as they are cheaper than the power grid and also have low maintenance cost. Surplus energy from these solar power solutions could theoretically be sold to the national grid which can be a source of income for power companies, while reducing the billing burden on consumers. But this is all dependent on current infrastructure and government rules & regulations.
Sky Electric has opened up a Solar Power Sales and Technical Education Center in Packages Mall Lahore to educate and inform customers, while providing a reliable local partner for solar power solutions. Asher Aziz said at the opening that average per-capita-electricity-consumption in Pakistan stands at 450 units only which will only increase over time.
The World Bank had announced during May 2017, it will be financing solar power projects in Pakistan in order to resolve the ongoing energy crisis, with tariffs for these solar project ranging between 3-3.5 rupees per unit which is quite low compared to prevailing energy tariffs.