Application for 200MW of solar along Pakistan highway

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EEL plans to sell the power to the Central Power Purchasing Agency. Credit: Flickr: Beluchistan

Pakistan’s National Electric Power Authority (NEPRA) has received four applications relating to 200MW of solar PV projects along the Quetta-Chaman Highway in Balochistan.

Karachi-based firm Engro Energy (EEL) wants to build four 50MW projects at Kuchlak, each with just under 150,000 solar modules of 335Wp rating and installed on single-axis trackers.

Each project, to be completed by June 2020, is set to cost US$36 million, financed by 80% debt and 20% equity.

EEL plans to sell the power to the Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA) for a contracted period of 25 years. The company had obtained a letter of intent from Balochistan Power Development Board back in February.

Pakistani targets for 30% of its power mix to come from large-scale hydropower and another 30% from PV, wind and other renewables by 2030 now stand closer to adoption, as reported by PV Tech in April this year.

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