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Having scrapped import duties on solar systems, Pakistan could be become a highly viable emerging market for photovoltaics, due to its high insolation values and growing energy demands. Adding to a string of recent PV power plant projects, Conergy is partnering with developer Ensunt and DACC Power Generation Company (DPGCL) to build a 50MW solar park in Bahawalpur, Cholistan region.
"The 50MW power plant is the biggest solar project for the government of Pakistan,” noted Doug Melvin, president of DPGCL. “Currently, the region is heavily dependent on hydroelectric plants as an energy source. The results are high fluctuations in the energy supply, power outages or shortages. In response to requests from the President, the Prime Minister and his cabinet are working to prevent the shortage of energy, while providing a clean renewable energy source, sustainable economic development, and job creation in Pakistan.”
Conergy said that 210,000 of its PowerPlus modules would be used for the project, including of its IPG 300C central inverters. In total, 210 kilometres of SolarLinea mounting systems will also be employed.
Dr. Philip Comberg, Conergy CEO, added: “We are very satisfied with the development of our business in the second quarter of 2012 so far. This project is another step forward in our interesting project pipeline for 2012. It underlines the relevance of the Asian solar markets, their growth potential and further reflects Conergy’s excellent market access, global footprint and ambitions in Asia. We took the right decision to focus on growth markets and we aim to increase our footprint not only in Asia but in the Americas as well.”