Chinese-Australian PV mounting equipment company, Clenergy has won a bid to supply 40MW of mounting systems in Pakistan.
The mounting equipment will be used on Pakistan’s 1GW mega-solar project, the Quaid-e-Azam (QA) solar park.
The first segment of the QA solar park is to be 100MW constructed in Bahawalpur and is scheduled to come online soon.
In partnership with Clenergy, PV system manufacturer, TBEA SunOasis is to undertake the engineering, procurement and construction, and operations and maintenance of the plant. The QA solar project is the partnership’s first operations outside of China.
Recently, Pakistan’s government has pushed solar projects to meet urgent energy demands, with an estimated shortage of 6GW.
So far, the government has made various moves to kick-start PV development in Pakistan, including the introduction of a feed-in tariff, underlining a pledge made by Nawaz Sharif, the pro-solar prime minister elected last year, to end the energy crisis by the end of his five-year term.
However in July, solar equipment was reported stranded in Karachi as Pakistan's new Financial Act 2014 came into force 1 July, implementing a 30% tax policy for solar panel imports, previously exempt.
According to a local solar company, the tax could cause a “total collapse” of Pakistan’s solar industry.