“Pakistan Army” opts for cost-effective Solar Powers in Cantonments.
As part of its effort to aid in resolving the country’s energy problem, the Army plans to self-consume electricity generated by solar power in its cantonments across the country.
Colonel Mansoor Mustafa, Director General Works and Chief Engineer (Army), has notified the CEO of AEDB and a number of other senior officials that the Army wants to help end the current energy crisis by producing energy using solar power.
The projects have already been given official permission with the aid of the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA), the State Bank of Pakistan, and the AEDB (SBP).
Successful bidders, such as M/s Nizam Energy, M/s Solis Energy Solutions, and M/s Foundation Solar Energy, were chosen by the Pakistan Army to receive the projects following a competitive bidding process.
A total of 54MW worth of projects are currently being carried out by Military Engineering Services (MES) at various cantonments around Pakistan, with some of these projects making more than 70% of their actual ground-level progress.
But, suppliers are experiencing issues bringing in parts from outside, which has resulted in multiple projects being postponed for the past six months.
The General Headquarters (GHQ) has therefore asked the AEDB and other parties involved in the Prime Minister’s Initiative on “Clean and Green Energy” to align their vendors with the same facility offered to Build-Own-Operate-Transfer (BOOT) providers under the plan.
Through the use of cleaner and less expensive solar electricity, they will be able to finish the Army’s unfinished projects.
To reduce electricity production costs, which are now too high for industrial, commercial, and residential consumers to afford, the government plans to build 10,000 MW worth of solar power plants around the nation.
Federal government buildings will soon switch to solar electricity as a result of a government decision.
The nation’s power sector regulator, NEPRA, asserts that the power firms have neither increased recovery or decreased losses, which has resulted in increasing electricity rates.
Also, the regulator has advised the government to privatise discos with the goal of sending at least one disco to each province.
Rashid Mehmood Langrial, the secretary of electricity, claims that the nation’s losses in the power industry exceed its annual expenditure for defence.