German firm applies for license to set up 50MW solar plant

KARACHI: A Germany-based developer has applied for a generation licence to set up 50 megawatts of solar power plant in Balochistan with an estimated investment of $56.15 million, reported The News.

According to the report, IB VOGT GmbH, a Germany-based integrated solar developer, planned entry into Pakistan’s renewable energy market with a solar power plant to be set up in Gwadar, though its special purpose vehicle P&G Energy Pvt Ltd. P&G Energy approached the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) for a generation licence.

According to a document, Balochistan Power Development Board issued a letter of intent to the sponsors of the project. After issuance of the letter of intent, the sponsors of the project incorporated a special purpose vehicle P&G Energy Pvt Ltd. IB VOGT creates business in more than 55 countries, operating internationally from its headquarters in Berlin, Germany and offices in UK, USA, Australia, Panama, Poland, Spain, India and SouthEast Asia, as well as several joint ventures across Africa.

The global outlook report produced by PV industry body SolarPower Europe expected Pakistan to have 5,000 MW of solar generation capacity installed by 2022, up from around 1,000 MW at present.

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Pakistan’s major electricity sources at present are thermal and hydro generation, meeting approximately 97 percent of the country’s annual electricity demand.

According to the report, Nepra admitted eight generation licence applications of Solis Energy Solutions for a cumulative of 27.5 MW solar power generation facilities at various cantonment boards across Pakistan with a cumulative investment of Rs2.47 billion.

Solis’s is a Karachi based company with the core focus to leverage unlimited renewable potential and provides reliable solutions and dependable customer support which can help drive down the cost of energy through a pragmatic and feasible solar powered system.

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