The World Bank, in partnership with the Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB), launched a series of new solar maps for Pakistan to increase deployment of solar energy, the bank announced on Tuesday.
According to the announcement, the partnership covers increasing the deployment of clean energy developments with an emphasis on expanding sustainable and affordable local sources in Pakistan.
The World Bank project on solar mapping in Pakistan includes field data, which is generated by nine solar measurement stations installed two years ago throughout the country. The project supports AEDB’s efforts to harness renewable energy in all the provinces by improving access to bankable data. The solar maps use the latest solar resource modeling techniques, based on 18 years of satellite and global atmospheric data from 1999-2016.
The data from the latest maps will help investors make better-informed project decisions.
“With these efforts, Pakistan becomes the first country to benefit from validated solar maps under a global initiative on renewable energy resource mapping led by the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), a multi-donor trust fund administered by the World Bank,” according to the announcement.
Chief Executive Officer of AEDB Amjad Ali Awan said in the statement that these new solar maps will definitely ensure improvement in highlighting Pakistan's huge solar potential.
"For this very effort, I would like to congratulate the World Bank for their valuable contribution to our continued efforts towards scaling up of renewable energy in an affordable and sustainable manner in the country,” he added.
According to International Finance Corporation data, solar irradiance levels in parts of Pakistan, particularly in the southwest, are on par with the best in the world with global horizontal irradiance (GHI) values over 1,500 kilowatt-hours per square meter in over 90 percent of the country’s land area.
By Gulsen Cagatay