Engineering Post Report
In order to accelerate transformation of electricity usage and installation into solar energy on priority basis in the public sector and also in the private sector , the federal government has appropriately approved the Framework Guidelines for Fast Track Initiatives 2022 recently for promoting and developing cost-effective local renewable energy sources in the country.
Primarily, this framework covers Solar PPV Energy Substitution for Expensive Imported Fossil Fuels, Solar PV generation on 11 KV Feeders and Public Buildings Solarization.
For popularizing usage of solar energy not only in the public sector but also in the private business concerns and households in an increasing manner, the federal government had also withdrawn the duty on import of solar panels, inverters and allied material so that the solar panels and inverters become available to the prospective users comparatively at lesser prices in the country.
It may also be mentioned here that after dealing with the electricity demand-supply gap, way back in 2016 the federal government had imposed a moratorium on new imported fuel-based power projects in the country.
Furthermore, the federal government is also working on plans to convert all already commissioned imported coal independent power producers (IPPs), to Thar coal since Thar has the country’s largest coal reserves which have been developed in the recent years. With the addition of three power projects during the just concluded financial year 2022-23, the total installed capacity from five Thar coal-based power generating plants has reached 3300 MW by now.