Pakistan Soars in Clean Electricity, Wins Global Applause

The World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) has applauded Pakistan’s commendable progress in the realm of clean electricity production.

In a groundbreaking development, the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) has applauded Pakistan’s commendable progress in the realm of clean electricity production. Emphasizing the nation’s vast potential for harnessing renewable power sources, WWEA Secretary General Stefan Gsanger commended Pakistan’s commitment during an online seminar celebrating the inaugural International Day of Clean Energy.

Highlighting Pakistan’s early support for the formation of the International Renewable Energy Agency, Gsanger expressed optimism about the country’s trajectory towards transitioning from fossil fuels to cleaner energy alternatives. As the guest of honor, he underscored the importance of maximizing the utilization of indigenously available wind and solar power sources, urging Pakistan to continue its efforts in this direction.

The WWEA Secretary General pledged active assistance to Pakistan in acquiring the latest technology for optimal clean energy production, emphasizing the environmental benefits and the potential for providing affordable electricity to end-consumers. Gsanger encouraged Pakistan to build on its progress and expand its clean energy market to attract international investment.

Drawing parallels with China’s rapid advancement in wind power projects, Gsanger suggested that Pakistan could learn valuable lessons from such success stories. He envisioned that the country’s large market size would attract foreign producers of clean energy equipment, fostering investment in wind and solar power production plants.

Syed Aqeel Hussain Jafri from the Private Power Infrastructure Board (PPIB) shared insights into the board’s efforts to facilitate the private sector in establishing new wind and solar power plants. Jafri expressed hope that the stability of the national economy, following the recent elections, would further incentivize both local and international energy companies to invest in Pakistan’s renewable energy market.

Waqas Moosa, representing the Pakistan Solar Energy Association, shed light on the challenges faced by clean energy companies due to import restrictions on solar panels and other equipment. Moosa suggested initiating indigenous production of smaller, more affordable solar panels, particularly targeting rural markets. He cautioned against heavy taxes on imports, advocating for a more sustainable approach.

Mehfooz A Qazi, project director of the Sindh Solar Energy Project, provided insights into World Bank-funded initiatives in the province to establish solar parks, utilize government building rooftops for solar panels, and distribute solar home systems in rural households. The Sindh Solar Energy Project aims to create opportunities for private sector investment in the clean energy sector.

Energy expert Irfan Ahmed proposed the construction of mini- and micro-grids to ensure the extensive use of solar energy in remote rural communities. Ahmed advocated for localized utilization of solar energy within provincial areas to minimize energy wastage associated with long-distance transmission.

In a bid to address challenges faced by the local clean energy market, Naeem Qureshi of the Energy Update highlighted the importance of organizing seminars like the one held, with a focus on evaluating Pakistan’s progress in increasing the share of clean electricity in the national energy mix. Qureshi pledged to continue holding such gatherings to bring together stakeholders and chart a way forward for the local clean energy market.

As Pakistan continues its strides towards a cleaner, sustainable energy future, international recognition and support underscore the nation’s potential to emerge as a key player in the global clean energy landscape. The collaborative efforts of government bodies, private sectors, and international organizations are crucial in propelling Pakistan into a cleaner and greener future.