Sindh seeks assistance from WB for developing solar parks

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

20th Nov, 2020. 10:03 am

The government of Sindh has sought World Bank’s assistance in developing two solar parks in the province.

According to the details, the Sindh Government has tabled a plan of developing two solar parks to generate up to 890 megawatts of clean electricity for the benefit of the people.

Energy Minister Imtiaz Ahmed Shaikh made the request during a video conference with World Bank officials. The meeting discussed the progress of implementing the project to provide clean electricity through solar power to some 200,000 off-grid underprivileged households in the far-flung areas of the province.

One of the proposed solar parks having the capacity to generate 560 megawatts will be established in the Manjhand area of District Jamshoro while the other having the capacity to generate 330 megawatts will be established in District Thatta’s Gharo.

Imtiaz Ahmed Shaikh said that the solar parks will help utilize renewable resources of energy for the clean production of electricity to overcome the persisting power shortfall across the country.

The cost of the project to solarise 29 such government hospitals will be around Rs 1.2 billion, and this project will be completed by March, while the rest of the public hospitals in the province will be solarised in the next phase, he added.

The minister said Sindh possesses the phenomenal potential to generate the maximum amount of clean electricity through environment-friendly means, as the country’s biggest wind corridor is also in the province.

Moreover ordered the officials of his department to complete public welfare projects at the earliest.

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