KARACHI – Sindh government is working on 40 different power projects in its wind corridor, with a total generation capacity of 2000 MW in next two years, said Mir Hussain Ali, provincial Secretary for Environment and Alternate Energy Department.
This will also allow the electrification of about 120 schools in rural Sindh, he said addressing a session on the Renewable Energy organised by IUCN - Pakistan on Sunday.
Talking about the opportunities in the wind corridor, he said, that the government is working on about 40 projects with various investors with total generation capacity of 2000MW in the next two years. “This is despite the fact that Renewable Energy projects often do not get a green light in public sector because of the initial costs,” he said.
The Sindh secretary for environment and alternative energy said the government is also supplying solar stoves and working on a biogas project worth Rs. 200 million rupees.
The secretary for environment and alternative energy mentioned that in Mirpurkhas, Solar Water Pumping Stations have been installed to meet the electricity crunch.
Mir Hussain Ali also talked about having immense potential of biogas at the Cattle Colony in Karachi and prospects in coastal areas of Pakistan in lieu of wind related projects.
On the occasion Carl Pope, a renowned expert on renewable energy in his presentation, ”Renewable Energy Cheaper in the Long Run,” said that presently over 1.3 billion people in the world are estimated to be living without electricity.
One billion of these people, including 700 million residents of South Asia will remain without electricity until 2030 if the switch to alternatives does not happen, he warned.