In an attempt to increase the deployment of renewable energy in Pakistan, The World Bank on Tuesday launched a series of new solar maps for the country, in partnership with the Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB).
The new solar maps were unveiled yesterday at a workshop, which was hosted by AEDB and World Bank in Islamabad.
Pakistan has become the first nation to benefit from solar maps, allowing it to tap into its renewable energy sources more effectively, said by The World Bank in a press release on Tuesday. Also, as per the World Bank, Pakistan is now a part of small group comprising mainly of developed nation with access to affordable and sustainable sources of indigenous energy.
“With the costs of solar power having decreased significantly over the past couple of years, Pakistan now has the opportunity to unleash investment in solar energy without the need for subsidies,” said Anthony Cholst, Acting Country Director for the World Bank, Pakistan.
“The World Bank stands ready to support the federal and provincial governments in realising this objective, alongside the support we are already providing for development of hydro-power sector reform and the strengthening of the transmission grid. It is time to realize the full potential of this clean and secure source of energy,” he added.
The project of World Bank on solar mapping in the country includes field data, which is being generated by nine solar measurement stations installed two year ago throughout the country.
“The project supports AEDB’s efforts to harness renewable energy in all the provinces by improving access to bankable data,” the World Bank statement said. “The solar maps used the latest solar resource modeling techniques, based on 18 years of satellite and global atmospheric data from 1999-2016.”