STAFF REPORT LHR: Pakistans first solar measuring station to gather radiation data has started working in Bhawalpur, a step towards compiling a national solar atlas.

The inaugural ceremony has recently been held at the Quaidi Azam (QA) Solar Park. This is one of the nine solar measuring stations to be installed across Pakistan as a part of the World Bank-funded renewable energy resource mapping and geospatial planning project with a financial outlay of $1.96 million.

Pakistan has more than 300 sunny days and one of the best solar resources. However, enormous solar energy has yet to be tapped to meet burgeoning power demand.

So far, only around 24 independent power producers having 792.99 megawatts production capacity are in different stages of development.

The nine solar measuring stations are being established in Islamabad, Lahore, Quetta, Peshawar, Karachi, Hyderabad, Bahawalpur, Nokundi and Multan.

All components of the solar measuring project – ground-based data collection, mapping, strategic environmental assessment, and developing policy recommendations will be carried out based on Esmaps term of references and approved suppliers to ensure quality. For wind and solar, wind masts and pyranometers will be installed.

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