Conergy has joined forces with energy solutions provider and project developer Ensunt to realize a 50 megawatt solar power plant for the DACC Power Generation Company Limited (DPGCL). The project will be the largest solar power plant in Pakistan and one of the landmark projects in the entire Middle East and Indian region. The project in Bahawalpur, situated in the Cholistan region, is owned by DPGCL and the Pakistani Government, which have now taken on Conergy to provide the overall planning, engineering and design of the solar park. Conergy will also be supplying its premium “Made in Germany” components for this large-scale project. Ensunt will then provide the local implementation as well as the construction work on site.
The main aim of this project is to facilitate access to a supply of power for the Pakistani population and to make the country less vulnerable to power outages at the same time. DPGCL and Ensunt have teamed up with Conergy to assist the Pakistan government to be responsive to the needs of the people and mitigate the power shortages throughout Pakistan.
Doug Melvin, President of DPGCL, said that the 50 megawatt power plant is the biggest solar project for the Government of Pakistan. 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.
Once the power plant is completed, the 210,000 Conergy PowerPlus modules on some 210 kilometers of SolarLinea mounting systems will produce more than 78 gigawatt hours of clean energy per year. More than 140 Conergy IPG 300C central inverters will then feed the solar power into Pakistan’s grid, supplying 30,500 households with power. Besides private households, agriculture will also benefit from this power: for instance by using it to run water pumps to water fields and crops. A reliable power supply is further indispensable for maintaining the productivity of companies and of the economy.
Because of the shortage of power in Pakistan, parts of the country can occasionally be left without any energy supply for up to 18 hours a day. This results in lower productivity, economic instability and social unrest. The Pakistan government has now responded to the situation by scrapping import duties on solar systems thus creating investment incentives for solar power plants. With 8-9 hours of sunshine per day and annual insolation values of more than 1,700 kilowatt hours per square meter, the climatic conditions in Pakistan are ideal. The country’s government therefore hopes to achieve greater social and economic stability in the country through solar investment and a more stable energy supply.