Electricity from first 100MW plant of Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park in Bahawalpur will cost Rs. 30 per unit

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Electricity from first 100MW plant of Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park in Bahawalpur will cost Rs. 30 per unit

Yesterday, Prime Minister of Pakistan Mr. Nawaz Sharif inaugurated first 100MW solar power plant in Bahawalpur. This completes the first phase of Quaid-e-Azam Solar Power Project in Bahawalpur. The solar park will be producing 1000MW of electricity. The remaining 900MW will be added during the second phase which is to be completed by 2017.

The first phase of Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park cost $131 million dollars. The amount is financed by Punjab Govt. and a commercial bank. A total of 4 lac solar cells are placed on 500 acres region. Remember, Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park Company is an autonomous body, head by a Punjab Govt. officer Syed Najam Shah.

Now, here we have got some factual information regarding the rate at which the electricity will be provided to consumers. According to Power Expert Arshad Abbasi, the consumers will have to pay Rs. 30 per unit. The price will include maintenance expenses as well.

Further reported from different sources, the expensive tariff will be charged for the first ten years. Afterwards, the tariff will be decreased gradually. The government will try to cover the cost of investment during the first ten years.

Once the Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park gets completed, it will become one of the largest solar energy plants of the world. The government should focus on ways to reduce other related charges. The transmission wires should be upgraded. Also, the government should provide subsidies on solar cells and batteries to encourage the domestic and commercial use.

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Source: BBCUrdu

  • Emme

    G.A Nawaz :p

  • Imran

    The electricity is so expensive, it does not make sense. If it is around Rs.7 or Rs. 8 per unit then this investment would worth, now it is way more than then the hydel or thermal electricity. Someone must be getting very rich.