Suntech to Bring Solar to Pakistan

Suntech Power Holdings Co., the world’s largest crystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturer, has announced that it has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Pakistan’s Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) to work towards the widespread use of solar energy technologies to meet the energy shortage in Pakistan.

The objective of the MOU is to facilitate cooperation between Suntech and the public sector and private companies in Pakistan to help implement solar programs including the AEDB’s Rural Electrification Program; the development of Solar Power Pumping Systems with the AEDB and the World Bank; and Solar Power Telecom Projects in collaboration with Pakistani telecom companies.

“We are proud to collaborate with the Alternative Energy Development Board to bring the latest in crystalline silicon solar technology to Pakistan,” said Dr. Zhengrong Shi, Suntech’s Chairman and CEO. “This is a clear example of the promise of solar energy in meeting growing demands for electricity in the developing world in an environmentally friendly way. With rapid improvements in solar energy technology and operational efficiency, solar energy is establishing itself as a crucial, cost-competitive part of the global energy mix.”

“We are very pleased to be working with Suntech towards developing clean renewable energy in our country,” said Mr. Masood Khan, Pakistan’s Ambassador to China. “Pakistan is committed to using solar power as a way to solve Pakistan’s energy shortage, and we are confident in Suntech’s reputation as a global industry leader to bring reliable environmentally sustainable solutions to Pakistan’s growing energy needs.”

The MOU sets forth the agreement in principle of the parties concerning the project and related activities. Final agreement between the parties is subject to the negotiation and execution of definitive agreements among the parties.

About 70 percent of Pakistan’s population — about 120 million people — live in some 50,000 villages across the country, many of which are beyond main electricity transmission lines.

Bottom line: if Suntech and AEDB can get pricing and deployment right, the potential market may be huge.

For a brief overview, see this report (PDF) from the Solar Energy Research Centre.

  • Haris

    It is about time.

    • Yeah, move move guys to this money saving thing.

  • Ahsan

    Pakistan needs it badly

  • Shams Ul Haq

    I can only pray for SERC that some … mafia would not stop them from doing all this.

    Because in past many efforts have gone in waste tub due to strong power mafia in Pakistan.

    A very good initiative was taken during Mr. Lughari’s presidency to transfer the Solar Pannel Manufacturing Technology from Germany but……

  • ali

    great steps toward green enegy and green will also creat many jobs.

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  • Respected Dr.Zhengrong Shi
    Chairman and CEO
    Suntech Power,
    I have the honour to introduce ourself M/S. SME Solution Private Limited Pakistan.
    We are badly in the crisis of shortage of electricity these current days. Our company has given full attention to evaluate its substitute remedies.
    During my visit to Nepal few years ago I have remembered that in Kathmandu every building was installed with the equipment Solar energy heating power device system to generate electricity locally. I observed that as soon as the electricity went off within no time they started the solar system and enjoyed the electricity accordingly.
    Nepal is the least country as per capita and might have they installed the cheapest system.
    We are also come under the same preview and would like to follow them.
    In Pakistan particularly we are discussing about Karachi where 10 months of all the year round summer and the rest two months of winter.These days are the peak scorching heat days.
    We are looking the financial strong Solar energy Power Supply manufacturer who can make invest in Pakistan by giving us Franchise or making Exclusive Sole Agent in Pakistan enable to come over the shortfall of electricity situation in Pakistan by providing the individual houses , offices, hospitals, and other organizations on nominal standard price.
    I would therefore request your kind honour our brother, our great Chinese friends please come forward make investment and guide us with your vast experience prepare the feasibility for us particularly for the Karachi city in such manner to facilitate each and every Plaza and building,Bunglows in the public Sector individually and help us to come over the situation.
    We will welcome if you would like to associate us on your investment on any appropriate terms and condition in this regard.
    Hope you will come forward on this remarkable celebrity period of Pak-China Friendship of 60 years.
    We are looking forward a comprehensive positive response from you enable us to face this challenge.
    With best warm regards
    Razi ullah khan
    SME Solution Private Limited
    Phone + =92 21 340 23 588
    Cell # =92 312 3178 285
    E-mail :[email protected]
    MSN: [email protected]
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