22 August, 2014 / Shawwal 25, 1435
This photograph taken on February 17, 2014 shows a vechile entering the proposed site of the solar energy park at Badaiwani Wala village in Bahawalpur district of Punjab province.  — Photo by AFP
This photograph taken on February 17, 2014 shows a vechile entering the proposed site of the solar energy park at Badaiwani Wala village in Bahawalpur district of Punjab province. — Photo by AFP
This photograph taken on February 17, 2014 shows businessman Raja Waqar of Islamabad-based Safe Solar Power visiting his land at the proposed site of the solar energy park at Badaiwani Wala village in Bahawalpur district of Punjab province.— Photo by AFP
This photograph taken on February 17, 2014 shows businessman Raja Waqar of Islamabad-based Safe Solar Power visiting his land at the proposed site of the solar energy park at Badaiwani Wala village in Bahawalpur district of Punjab province.— Photo by AFP
In this photograph taken on February 17, 2014 a villager walks with his camels at the proposed site of the solar energy park at Badaiwani Wala village in Bahawalpur district of Punjab province.  — Photo by AFP
In this photograph taken on February 17, 2014 a villager walks with his camels at the proposed site of the solar energy park at Badaiwani Wala village in Bahawalpur district of Punjab province. — Photo by AFP
In this photograph taken on February 17, 2014 a villager sits in her home at the proposed site of the solar energy park at Badaiwani Wala village in Bahawalpur district of Punjab province. — Photo by AFP
In this photograph taken on February 17, 2014 a villager sits in her home at the proposed site of the solar energy park at Badaiwani Wala village in Bahawalpur district of Punjab province. — Photo by AFP
This photograph taken on February 17, 2014 shows a Pakistani villager riding a tractor under high voltage lines at the proposed site of the solar energy park at Badaiwani Wala village in Bahawalpur district of Punjab province.  — Photo by AFP
This photograph taken on February 17, 2014 shows a Pakistani villager riding a tractor under high voltage lines at the proposed site of the solar energy park at Badaiwani Wala village in Bahawalpur district of Punjab province. — Photo by AFP
This photograph taken on February 17, 2014 shows a  villager sitting alongside his cattle and camels at the proposed site of the solar energy park at Badaiwani Wala village in Bahawalpur district of Punjab province. — Photo by AFP
This photograph taken on February 17, 2014 shows a villager sitting alongside his cattle and camels at the proposed site of the solar energy park at Badaiwani Wala village in Bahawalpur district of Punjab province. — Photo by AFP

BADAIWANI WALA: For years Pakistanis have sweated and cursed through summer power cuts, but now the government plans to harness the sun's ferocious heat to help tackle the country's chronic energy crisis.

In a corner of the Cholistan desert in Punjab province, power transmission lines, water pipes and a pristine new road cross 10,000 acres of parched, sandy land.

The provincial government has spent $5 million to put in place the infrastructure as it seeks to transform the desolate area into one of the world's largest solar power parks, capable one day of generating up to 1,000 megawatts of electricity.

The desert park in Bahawalpur district is the latest scheme to tackle the rolling blackouts which have inflicted misery on people and strangled economic growth.

Temperatures can reach 50 degrees Celsius in the country's centre in June and July, sending demand for electricity soaring and leaving a shortfall of around 4,000 MW.

“In phase one, a pilot project producing 100 MW of electricity will hopefully be completed by the end of this year,” Imran Sikandar Baluch, head of the Bahawalpur district administration, told AFP.

“After completion of the first 100 MW project, the government will invite investors to invest here for the 1,000 megawatts.”


A 'river' of solar panels


Engineers and labourers are working in the desert under the scorching sun to complete the boundary wall, with authorities keen to begin generating solar electricity by November.

“If you come here after one and a half years, you will see a river of (solar) panels, residential buildings and offices -- it will be a new world,”said site engineer Muhammad Sajid, gesturing to the desert.

Besides solar, Pakistan is also trying to tap its unexploited coal reserves -- which lie in another area of the same desert, in Sindh province.

In January Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inaugurated construction on a $1.6 billion coal plant in the town of Thar, in Sindh.

Work has also begun on a pilot 660 megawatt coal-fired plant in Gadani, a small town on the Arabian Sea.

Another 600 megawatt coal plant has also been given the go-ahead in the southern city of Jamshoro.

But while coal may offer a short-term fix to the energy crisis, authorities are keen to move to cleaner electricity in the long run.

“We need energy badly and we need clean energy, this is a sustainable solution for years to come,” said Baloch.

“Pakistan is a place where you have a lot of solar potential. In Bahawalpur, with very little rain and a lot of sunshine, it makes the project feasible and more economical,” he said.


Clean energy


Baloch believes that the new solar park will make Pakistan a leader in that energy in the region. The initial pilot project is a government scheme but private investors are also taking an interest.

Raja Waqar of Islamabad-based Safe Solar Power is among them. His company plans to invest $10 million to build a 10 MW project in the new park.

“The government has allotted us land over here. Infrastructure, the transmission line and road are available here, that is why we are investing,”Waqar told AFP.

A million dollars per MW is a sizeable investment but Waqar said the company expected to reap returns on it over at least the next decade, and others were keen to get on board.

“There are up to 20 companies who are investing in this park and their projects are in the pipeline,” he said. “Some of them are working on 50 MW, some on 10 and others on 20.”But not everyone is so upbeat about the project.

Arshad Abbasi, an energy expert at Islamabad's Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), said the cost of generating solar power from this project may be uneconomical for the government.

He also warned that buying in solar equipment from abroad made little economic sense.

“Had the government decided to establish more hydro or thermal plants in the country it would have generated more employment, business and construction opportunities,” he said.

And farmers in the area who scrape a living herding cattle on the unforgiving land are worried about their future.

“We don't know if this energy park is good, the power will come or not, we only want the government to spare our area and allow us to continue living here with our cattle,” said Malik Jalal, a local villager.

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Oz
Apr 20, 2014 01:39pm

The solar panels are great but more study has to be done on the amount of reflective heat they are going to throw back. India has planned to install worlds biggest solar farms providing 7500 megawatts, all alongside pak india border regions including kashmir and rajisthan.

Could this result in dry out of water content in atmosphere due excess heat? I hope not.

human_being
Apr 20, 2014 01:48pm

Commendable project... indeed... if it is accomplished correctly...will be good for Pakistan's progress!

ifti
Apr 20, 2014 01:57pm

Another mistake without taking the fesaibility about 1.interconnection with AC system, what will be the plan when there is no light, is there any special coating of PV cells for desert sands , do it will be connected with national grid , if so than who will monitor the energy , how to offest the peak demands if need by th enational grid, how the frequency offset will be done when synch with the national grid ? Iftikhar Ahmed

Kamal Gupta
Apr 20, 2014 02:41pm

Very good development. Solar panel prices have crashed in the last 2-3 years, slashing the capital cost and making it viable. We do village level solar generation in India, for villages that are off-grid, and we find that even for a 50 KW capacity, a tariff equiv to $0.20 is viable. Micro-plants, with oil as fuel, need a tariff at least twice that much.

With so much of barren deserts, Pakistan has a huge potential of generating solar power. In a situation of acute power shortages, if you generate solar for day time loads, and run gas turbines during the off-peak periods, you can reduce capital investments by cutting or halving the need for storage batteries. Both solar and gas can be set up in a quick time, unlike hydro or coal that can take 5-8 years to start generating power.

I hope that there is adequate supervision to take care of potential scams, the kind you had in RPPs.

Omair
Apr 20, 2014 03:17pm

I think it is an over ambitious project. I think government should go for hydro energy projects that are the cheapest. Another avenue to look for is wind energy. With huge wind corridors available in Pakistan a lot of energy can be produce. China is producing 5000 MW of energy from a single wind farm.

asim
Apr 20, 2014 03:37pm

Hydel is the most cheap source to generate power and Pakistan has potential to generate 100,000 MW. Solar is not cheap no need once Pakistan has enough hydel resources. In the last 30 years India built 63 dams while Pakistan built only 02.

jamshed khan
Apr 20, 2014 03:44pm

Good project but local people must benefit from this development, out of fairness and justice. Otherwise, it will just bring dismay amongst the locals.

Ahmed
Apr 20, 2014 03:49pm

We need to invest and discover any mean to generate power. Apart from the government other research institutions within universities, chemical and mechanical industries, agricultural departments within civil or defense sectors have to find new ways. New unheard ideas are needed like our gas geysers while heating water also generate thermal energy. Why can't that same geyser produces electricity with same heat? Also an electric eel fish produces around 600 volts electric shock to kill its victim. Is there a way to harness that energy to benefit one owns needs?

Abdul Razak Sheikh
Apr 20, 2014 05:02pm

About six years ago Thar Desert was awarded foreign aid to light up the poor villages.It ended up in the houses of Arbabs.Border check post of Army,Rangers and politicians.

Muslim
Apr 20, 2014 05:15pm

@Ahmed: Perfect ,outstanding ideas...there is so much of talent in Pakistan. Just need to promote guys like you.

Ajay
Apr 20, 2014 05:29pm

Good new indeed. However I feel that no solution will really work unless the nations of the sub continent, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka take serious steps to control the growth of populations. The demand otherwise will always outstrip demand.

aaa
Apr 20, 2014 05:51pm

Nice step. It might bring some development as well in cholistan. The qs arises why is all this being done so late.

AJ
Apr 20, 2014 05:59pm

When you read the news on daily basis then you find out that most of it is being exaggerated by the government to unbelieveable extents. A few months ago Shahbaz Sharif announced that they had signed a contracts with a german company which will install a 1000 MW solar park in Cholistan but now we hear, its only a government's own project of 100 MW and nothing else is in pipeline from Germany. Another funny thing in reporting on energy sector is those people who comment about potentials of 100.000 MW from Hydro, 50.000 MW from coal etc. They don't say that to realize potentias you need thrillions of dollars Investment and we dont even have Money to build Bhasha Dam due to lake of funds. Its all about Money and not potentials. If we start going after potentials, then we have unlimited potential in solar and a huge potential in Shale gas and oil too. We also have a human power potential of Building 20 million and so on.

Ahmed
Apr 20, 2014 06:21pm

@ifti: lool today there was an article in a newspaper about "DEFAULT NEGATIVE VALUE" and Mr. Ifti you just vet it. Re-read your comment starts with negative comment. Man this news is not a technical report its just a news. All your questions and the comment are very common in nature any one who is involve in this field must be aware of these issues. Please think positive, not every thing is out there for criticism.

shami
Apr 20, 2014 06:30pm

This seems to be great news for a energy hungry country. The solar energy is a clean renewble energy which has almost no side effects to nature. But main thing is solar panels have little efficiency which means most of the energy is reflected back. Currently in many parts of world researchers are trying to increase the efficinecy of solar cells by efficiently capturing the photons of light using solar hydrogen conversion process and antirefletion coatings which would definetly will take a while to mature. The second question is what will they do when no sun will shine. The solar panels have to be shut in that case. But nevertheless I appreciate the punjab govt for thinking positively in tackling energy crisis in Pakistan.

Manual
Apr 20, 2014 07:01pm

Both India and Pakistan should develop seas of solar panels for generating the renewable energy. Another positive effect will be that both countries will not think of war as war could mean potential destruction to the solar panels by either side. If no power than economy suffers. In that scenario they will talk to figure out differences rather than fight. Hopefully this does not work other way, that since we have solar panels so vital to the economy we need to increase defense budget to protect them.

rudra
Apr 20, 2014 07:02pm

This is a good positive initiative. Punjab and sindh govt should invite foreign investors to setup companies once power shortages are fixed.

Patriot
Apr 20, 2014 07:12pm

@asim: Dear please tell this to the some idiot politicians who oppose every project of constructing dams

unbelievable
Apr 20, 2014 08:12pm

It's a start but a 100 MW solar park has to cost close to $200 million .. takes more than roads and sun to entice that kind of investment.

NAZIR HUSSAIN
Apr 20, 2014 08:18pm

towards development..............GOD bless

usman785
Apr 20, 2014 09:10pm

Thanks Gupta... nobody cares what you are doing in india... have you seen the comment section for articles related to indian elections?

Ghost
Apr 20, 2014 09:15pm

Why it has to be always Punjab in Pakistan?

Nizamuddin Ahmad Aali
Apr 20, 2014 09:36pm

Very good when a politician wants to take credit on environment issues. In reality this is not cost effective compared to conventional coal or hydrocarbon fired power plants for even the rich countries. Pakistan will import the components and foreigner will assemble and install it. Very expensive. Take it from a experienced man in this field. This looks like quick buck making scheme. Some one's brother in law will make lot of money. Case and point: Do not waste tax payers money without weighing merits. Hold a public hearing and ask the experts to give their input.

Daku
Apr 20, 2014 10:03pm

@rudra: Yes. good idea. Zardari, Altaf, Nawaz . should invest in London, Dubai and New York. While ask the foreigners to invest here.. safe and tax free environment .

Mr. Qasim Quyum
Apr 20, 2014 10:16pm

@usman785: Usman to say the least, you are impolite, and lack decency. Mr. Gupta have a decent input on solar park project. Mr. Gupta ignore such radicals

Zahid Ahsanullah
Apr 20, 2014 10:36pm

This is a good start but indigenous effort will provide the best result. Pakistan should invest in manufacturing wind turbines. This technology is old, well understood and easy to set up. Expert european countries would likely be please to provide assistance in design and manufacture of the windmills. Denmark is a leader in this technology and generates more that 50% of it's energy demand using alternate energy that includes wind and ocean waves.

Mateen
Apr 20, 2014 10:41pm

@Oz: Why are you complaining about a desert getting further "dried out", Solar panels to deserts are just like hydropowerplants are to rivers..? Jeez, why do our people complain about smart solutions but remain silent over stupid decisions? :l

Mateen
Apr 20, 2014 10:48pm

@Ahmed: The average Pakistani ciziten doesn't get clean drinking water and you think we would have enough eels in our "clean" rivers. Anyway - I think you need to further read up on eels; I doubt they can continueously produce 600 volts of shocks every second for hours on end :p, nature meant for them to be able to randomly defend themselves with shocks, not to power cities with a continuous demand.

Mateen
Apr 20, 2014 10:57pm

Solarpower is very expensive to setup at start, especially for an indebt, broke country like Pakistan. Though there can be decent returns on the investment over time, Pakistan has to stop the import mentality and allow investment in national solarmanufacturing companies.

It doesn't take a rocketscientist to develop your own solarpanels, batteries, inverters and what not, but our gov just lacks that gear to think ahead. Eitherway, something is better than nothing.

I wonder if the electricity wil be available to the poor billpayers in the end as the main loadshedding problem in Pak is NOT generationcapacity but powertheft and avoiding billpayment. It doesn't matter if we get fusion power - if we have a corrupted management that allows powertheft then even free energy like solar, hydro and windpower can't be turned to a benefit to the nation.

mba
Apr 20, 2014 11:25pm

Solar energy is considered as one of the best alternative sources of energies. It is certainly an optimum resource in our country with lavish supply of sun-light. Experiences are available with large solar parks elsewhere in the world so the problems of AC/DV, loss of atmospheric humidity etc. mentioned in several comments are already studied. But no technology can solve basic Problems of our country: corruption a. it starts with the type of solar cells to be selected and go right through the distribution of the energy. The world is full of “out-dated” solar cells (less efficient, hence replaces by modern versions). This is especially the case with China, which would be probably our main supplier. We need a good surveillance for such big projects.

Jibran Mirza
Apr 20, 2014 11:28pm

why does every project in Pakistan have to be "Quaid e Azam" or "Benazir Bhutto" ?

ch Nasir Iftikar
Apr 20, 2014 11:54pm

G. If the weakness can become a strength most power issues will be solved. Education, industries and health care will function more prompt with PC's and Internet everywhere. Inshalakhair..

ladies and gentlemen
Apr 21, 2014 12:18am

Hope this effort by the government comes thru to fruition and is sustainable. Other provinces also need to do this in areas that are off the grid and are suitable for solar and wind power. PPP government has repeatedly failed to bring this kind of development into rural Sindh and Baluchistan when it could have easily taken the steps when in power. The PPP leadership lacks the vision and will, to improve peoples living standards. Its all about slogans (Shaheed Bhuttos) corruption and festivals at best. At least PML-N leadership takes care of their own (Lahore) and (Punjab) when their turn comes around.

Truth
Apr 21, 2014 12:32am

Its a gud project. It can trim the peak loads in the day times n can help reduce load shedding.

But a better investment would be in " Solar Thermal " Plants, which can run all day n nite unlike Solar PV , which is only gud in day time.

Solar thermal plants r the real solution to growing energy needs. They can be completed in a year or 2 n r long term clean renewable energy solution

Zafar
Apr 21, 2014 12:52am

It is a misconception that you need to be in a desert for Solar technology to produce more. Actually the solar cells produce the most between 70-80F and the production efficiency goes down with temperature from that point on. You can set these up anywhere in Pakistan with its abundance of sunshine. It is best to have the production close to the consumers to minimize any transmission loss - hence the concept of rooftop solar.

Ayesha Khan
Apr 21, 2014 01:49am

And when they wake up from this dream, please do inform us .

iftakhar malik
Apr 21, 2014 02:43am

@Jibran Mirza: Interesting comment.

Chanpeer
Apr 21, 2014 06:30am

Do it in Balochistan! Why Punjab again!

Akram Malik
Apr 21, 2014 07:48am

Great news. It is wonderful that the government is ready to harness the sun to light our homes.And had the name this great project, to the great man. Had the part government thought about such a scheme, they would have, in all probability, named it Benazir something or the other, but they were not in the frame of mind to think about the common man

Akram Malik
Apr 21, 2014 07:54am

@Oz: Take the example of Germany, they have much less sunny days than Pakistan, yet they have managed it well, to the extend that are able to export surplus power to France. Give the credit were it is due.

Sohail
Apr 21, 2014 07:58am

This is the very best news to come out of Pakistan for decades. Please use Science to improve peoples lives in ways such as this. Please start manufacturing the equipment in Pakistan itself so that a thousand such Solar Electricity generation stations/parks can be built and run.

Asif
Apr 21, 2014 10:28am

@Oz: Dear Brother it would not heat up the atmosphere it is the Solar Current Generator following the photo electric process. It does not ignite any substance results in producing certain BTUs

Arsh
Apr 21, 2014 10:35am

I have suggestion for the Govt. All homes should be converted to solar energy so they may get the electricity in day time from these solar panels. Then regular electricity ( from Wapda) should be given to the industry in the day time. At night the (after sunset) the industrial electricity may be cut-off and given to the households.

Yasir
Apr 21, 2014 11:40am

Go green Pakistan, Great effort and a step towards prosperity. It will be helpful to eradicate energy crisis.

siddharth
Apr 21, 2014 12:04pm

Better would be geo thermal. Read about it. Its the next big thing for india.

wasif
Apr 21, 2014 01:02pm

The standard solar panel comprises of strings of crystalline solar cells interconnected in series and parallel configurations to produce designed electric output exposed to sunlight during daytime. However solar panel can use only 45 percent of sunlight spectrum to produce electric power , remaining 55 percent of the sunlight energy is converted in to heat resulting in high solar cell temperature. Elevated solar cells temperature results in failure of soldering due to thermal stresses causing open circuit and insulation failure.In view of this , the panel is subjected to fire risk due to electric arcing and ground fault. Recently there have been roof top solar panels fires due to Ground Fault leakage current and Arc fault. In view of above , the companies setting up current solar power station in Pakistan must confirm following specification.
A-"Photovoltaic Module shall be designed and manufactured to secure safety during operation, inspection, cleaning and maintenance and shall be so arranged as to minimize the risk of fire arising or spreading." B-“The design shall be such that, even after repeated fault, interruptions, the capability of the photovoltaic module to generate its rated current continuously is not seriously impaired. Wasif Ali Qureshi wasif@brain.net.pk

zeeshan
Apr 21, 2014 03:25pm

@ifti: looks like u just learnt PV cells can be used for power generations.the questions best described can be called childish.solar parks are always designed in open barren land with maximum hours of sunshine.further there is a dedicated team for maintenance work required just like we have for hydel or thermal turbines

zeeshan
Apr 21, 2014 03:33pm

@wasif: professors and students involved in research having Phds in the alternative energy should abandon there work and start working on your guide lines..like they never thought of it before...soldering of panels..fire on the roof top....i wish you practically use a solar panel outside the lab

Oz
Apr 21, 2014 06:00pm

@Mateen:

Had you read my comment with some scientific understanding, you would have understood what I have actually opined about. There is a difference in complaining and asking for more research to be conducted for severity of risks.

Pakistan is an agricultural country, excess heat can be seriously detrimental to our environment. It means this can affect rain patterns, resulting in possibility of famine or corps decay.

What I have said is standard due diligence :0)

sanjay mittal
Apr 21, 2014 06:13pm

I hope Pakistanis are serious about solar power. I have some idea as I work in this field. This would free Pakistan from foreign exchange draining gas and coal imports.

Hopefully this will not go the way the "world's tallest building announcement at kutta island " went!

In INdia, Narendra Modi has set up model solar plants in Gujarat. Blessed with similar terrains Pakistan can study these.

Pakistani
Apr 21, 2014 06:28pm

@Ghost: because of the land.because of the Cholistan desert here relating to this project.

Tariq, Lahore
Apr 21, 2014 06:50pm

About time we started to harnessing what we have in abundances! In fact every household can be self sufficient by erecting PV panels on it's roof! The planners should 'design' such that the PV panels are higher off the ground so as to enable the ground under the panels to be used for cultivation (maximising return from the land) as it will be partially in 'shade' from the peak summer scorching heat allowing cooler conditions for cultivation to flourish.

Slaim A
Apr 21, 2014 09:04pm

A better investment would be to have single unit power generators that cater to a single home or a cluster of homes. These could include, solar, wind and geothermal all tied together. The line losses will be negligible and infrastructure costs are negligible.

Instead of doing grand investments, look at solutions at a local level. Finance small local developments, using banking. Most homeowners / middle class will readily pay for the cost over a period of time.

Fais
Apr 21, 2014 10:34pm

Why not take baby steps on the ground before trying to fly? Say what you will, but a 100 MW pilot project is not a baby step by any means. This is entirely the wrong idea for Pakistan. At a time where the world is moving towards distributed generation, such large centralized solar projects are a step in the wrong direction. The national grid is incredibly unreliable already and I can't think of a poorer decision than to introduce 1000 MW of intermittent load to it. The investments required to the national grid alone to put up such a project should allow any sane politician to question such a project. That isn't to say that solar shouldn't be considered for Pakistan. What is needed is a framework to allow for the development of distributed generation either through battery back-up allowances or through a net-metering or net-billing approach. What Pakistan needs is to redistribute the generation capacity so that it is close to the load.

Also, anyone that is under the illusion that panel prices are in perpetual decline should do more research before commenting. Which they have come down significantly over the past few years, the prices have actually stabilized in the last year and are expected to go up slightly in 2014.

Hammad
Apr 21, 2014 11:01pm

@Yasir: it's hope and better than other sources

Dipak
Apr 21, 2014 11:25pm

Great news. If Narendra Modi becomes next PM of India, Pakistan can install the solar and wind power plants even faster. There is one thing you can't deny, his Gujarat produces more electricity for 60 million people than Pakistan for 180 million people. Best wishes from across the border.

Magister Ludi
Apr 22, 2014 01:41am

All pipe dream! All the money will disappear and what will be left is a leaky, rusty solar panel. This is what has happened many times before that a project started out big and ended up filling the pockets of corrupt bureaucrats, politicians.

Mekal Faruki
Apr 22, 2014 02:26am

Excellent plan long overdue in Pakistan. The cost of solar cells has been dropping as Chinese manufacturers scaled up production, and the conversion efficiencies have increased. Industrialized countries are moving towards solar power electricity generation. Pakistan needs many more solar parks like the one mentioned.

Arvind
Apr 22, 2014 11:11am

Some positive news from Pakistan

Naren
Apr 22, 2014 08:40pm

Way to go to solve electricity shortage issue. Best wishes from India

Naren
Apr 22, 2014 08:48pm

@Jibran Mirza: sharp eyes...I was wondering too.

Naren
Apr 22, 2014 08:49pm

@Magister Ludi: Be Positive...Hopefully things will works as they suppose to

Syed Iqbal Haider
Apr 23, 2014 03:13am

@ifti: Normally Solar panels are mounted at a tilt. The sand grains slip down and finer particles are blown away by wind and washed away by rain. But normally, whether snow or dust cause very small reduction in performance of a Panel. Because it is not just the heat that produces electricity, it is the Solar light falling on the panel that produces electricity.

Syed Iqbal Haider
Apr 23, 2014 03:31am

Now that, Solar Power Generation set up is going to be built, it may not be a bad idea to consider Feasibility of Installing Geothermal Power generating set up, beneath the Panels (using underground or on surface heat from sun filtered through panels).

Because of the fact that infra-structure and the management team will already be available on site, new group of engineers and administrators will not be required, except for a few Geothermal Experts on the technology side. My company, Enviro Impact Consultants - EIC(Canada), has the expertise to carry out the feasibility study, if desired !!

Syed Iqbal Haider EMAIL: syedhaider.sr@gmail.com

Syed Iqbal Haider
Apr 23, 2014 03:40am

@Oz: Consider Big Cities being built with glass all around, they have not changed much of Heat Entropy of the world. Mainly because we have a thick layer of Atmosphere, with Dust and suspended particles. If any thing, instead of drying the atmosphere, more rains and precipitation has started taking place !!

Syed Iqbal Haider, EIC(Canada)

Syed Iqbal Haider
Apr 23, 2014 03:54am

@ifti: A good quality Crystline Solar panel is normally guaranteed by the manufacturer to produce up to 25 to 30 years. Canada is making panels, which can produce up to 500 Watts / Panel, reducing cost of installation. They all come ready to mount and take weather beatings for 25 to 30 years, without serious deterioration.

The technology is progressing very fast.

Syed Iqbal Haider EIC(Canada)

Syed Iqbal Haider
Apr 23, 2014 04:06am

@Omair: Wind Turbines certainly is a cheaper alternative, in the long run. Wind Turbine is more expensive to install and maintain, than Solar Power System.

But this alternative is there, for those who want to build Wind Farm.

I personally had purchased 30 acres of land in the Wind Corridor Identified by the Gov of Pakistan. If somebody is interested to partner with me, he is welcome !!

Syed Iqbal Haider EIC(Canada)

Syed Iqbal Haider
Apr 23, 2014 06:51am

@Ghost: I personally think it is the Punjab Government who is investing majority of investment?

If not, Sind Gov as well as Private sector should chip in shares in financing this project and should be able, not only, to monitor accountability of performance, but also take share of profit that can be used for education, feeding the hungry and treat the sick.

NO HOME, BUSINESS OR GOVERNMENT CAN WORK WITHOUT SINCERITY AND HONESTY SYED IQBAL HAIDER, EIC(Canada)

Syed Iqbal Haider
Apr 23, 2014 07:29am

@Arsh: NORMALLY BIGGER SOLAR POWER GENERATING FACILITIES (KNOWN AS SOLAR FARMS) ARE CONNECTED TO NATIONAL GRID, WHERE UTILITY COMPANY, SUCH AS WAPDA, CAN SAVE EXTRA PRODUCTION IN A BATTERY BANK, ON THEIR SYSTEM.

SMALLER HOUSE HOLD OR FARM (DERA) OFF-GRID SOLAR POWER SYSTEMS CAN ALSO SAVE POWER IN A BATTER OR SET OF BATTERIES TO USE THE STORED POWER WHEN THERE IS NO SUN

SYED IQBAL HAIDER, EIC (Canada)