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3 wind power projects to be completed by June


Friday, 07 March 2014   19:43:12

3  wind power projects to be completed by June

      ISLAMABAD, Mar 7 (APP): Around 3 wind power projects of 150
MW capacities in total are under construction and will be completed by June
2014.
      Besides, 13 wind power projects having a cumulative capacity of 680
MW electricity are at advance stages, ready to achieve financial closing in 2014.
      In total, 33 wind power projects are in different stages of
development,while 2 wind power projects of 49.5 MW and 56.4 MW capacities respectively are operational.
      Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) is pursuing and
facilitating the development of Alternative & Renewable Energy (ARE) based power projects through the private sector under Renewable Energy (RE) Policy 2006, official sources told APP, here Friday.
      Official said the RE power projects based on wind and solar energy are
being developed by private sector on IPP mode.
      Besides Wind, around 22 solar power projects having a cumulative
capacity of 772.99 MW are under different stages of development and will achieve commercial operation by 2015-16, subject to availability of Grid by National Transmission And Despatch Company (NTDC) and announcement of tariff by NEPRA.
      "Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) is promoting the use
of solar technology at domestic level for electricity generation".
      The private sector is already using solar energy for domestic use for
self consumption as there is no restriction or licensing requirement, official sources added.
      Sources said the RE Policy 2006 allows consumers to avail features
like Net-Metering and Wheeling of Energy which require interconnection with the grid.
      "The implementation of such schemes, however, requires regulatory
framework enabling the domestic, commercial and industrial users to carry out net-metering, wheeling using solar energy".
      Sources said AEDB has prepared draft rules for distributed generation,
covering electricity generation from solar at domestic level and
submitted the same to National Electric Power Regulatory Authority NEPRA
for announcement.
      "NEPRA, being the regulator, is the concerned agency for developing
regulatory framework including incentives".