Solar Mini Grid Systems EI Award 2018 won by PPAF

Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) has been recognized with the prestigious 2018 Energy Institute (EI)
Award, for its ‘Community Managed Solar Energy Mini Grid Systems’. There were over 120 entries for the EI
Awards from across 29 countries including India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Malaysia, Hong Kong,
Australia, United States, Canada and many of the European countries.
The award acknowledges the impact of 60 solar mini-grid systems installed in districts Swabi, Karak and Lakki
Marwat of KP, during the period 2016 to 2017, with funding from the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation
and Development (BMZ) through the German Development Bank (KfW). More than 1,000 projects have been
completed over a period of 15 years, starting off in 2003. The projects include the development of mini
hydroelectric plants, decentralized solar lighting and solar home systems, wind energy projects, solar-wind hybrid
systems, solar water pumping projects and biogas plants.
With the financial funding of 10 million Euros, through KfW, PPAF is implementing the Hydropower and Renewable
Energy (HRE) project which focuses on clean energy and supports economic progress in the communities through
enterprise development, impacting the lives of at least 13,000 individuals.
Five Micro and Mini Hydro Power projects with cumulative capacity of 803 kW, ranging from 36 kW to 306 kW in
Chitral, Buner and Upper Dir districts and 68 Solar Lighting Systems (SLS) with cumulative capacity of 500 kW in
Lakki Marwat, Karak and Swabi districts of Khybar Pakhtunkhwa are being implemented by PPAF and its partner
On this occasion Qazi Azmat Isa, CEO of PPAF, said, ‘Renewable energy is one of the most effective tools we have
in the fight against climate change.’