Pakistan’s first floating solar power plant being negotiated

Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) is in the process of initiating a 300MW floating solar power plant in Pakistan with the help from World Bank.

In this regard a team of experts from World Bank will carry out the necessary tests and appraisal for the floating solar project. The team will engage with the Wapda, Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR), and Economic Affairs Division (EAD).

The project will finance 300 MW of floating solar plants, which will work in hybrid-mode with hydropower plants in Tarbela-Ghazi-Barotha Complex and displace electricity from expensive peaking thermal power plants. The project will deploy the first floating solar plants in Pakistan. Floating solar power involves installing solar panels on floating structures on a body of water, such as a lake, fjord or ocean, or in a hydropower reservoir. This not only utilizes the unused surface area over the water bod but also helps reduce excessive evaporation of water.