Pakistan Army to Generate Electricity for its Establishments

Pakistan Army is all set to generate electricity for its garrisons and establishments across the country to cut their expenditure on power which is estimated to be around Rs 15 billion for 240 MW.

According to the reports, the Pakistan Army is planning on harnessing renewable energy through solar parks. With an aim to establish 1-5MW solar parks in each garrison, the pilot project will generate 40MW energy and no public money will be used on solar parks for 25 years.

The step is being taken to reduce the burden on the Army’s budget as a huge chunk of it goes to electricity payments to various electricity distribution companies, and the costs are rising due to increasing tariffs.

The Defence Division has informed the federal cabinet that Pakistan Army possesses robust distribution systems, meaning that it can easily shift to renewable energy alternatives.

The Defence Division has sought the government’s approval for making the payment on account of purchasing equipment from private companies offering solar solutions, adding that it will be at least 20-30% cheaper than DICSOs.

The cabinet was also informed that the stakeholders including Public-Private Partnership Authority (PPPA), Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB), Power Division and Finance Division have also endorsed the project.

One of the concerns during the discussions was the high cost of the project considering renewable energy alternatives have seen a sharp decline in the costs in the international market.

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  • But tha garrisons include DHA housing schemes as well and they are not military establishments, rather a commercial project So Pakistan Army will produce electricity of DHA schemes as well?. If yes then it is against the professionalism in my view.

    • they already make everything from cornflakes to fertilizer. they also regularly interfere in politics. even right now they have their man in power.

    • Bro
      1. DHA Housing Schemes are not the part of Garrison and they never have been. 2. A city where Forces are present is divided into two section:
      a. Cantonment Area (Boundary in which military setups are present)
      b. Municipal Committee (All the city area less Cantonment Area)
      c. Garrison (Comprises of all sub areas with in cantonment where military
      Institutions are present)
      3. For Example Scheme 3 is a part of Rawalpindi Cantonment Area but the Garrison only comprise of Military Installations.
      Rest of whole Scheme 3 is Cantonment Area not Garrison

  • >no public money will be used on solar parks for 25 years.

    lol solar power plants are going to maintain themselves? the panels have to be periodically cleaned because dust interferes with their efficiency. not all of them will last 25 years either. some of them will have to be replaced over time. there’s definitely on-going expenses involved here.

    >One of the concerns during the discussions was the high cost of the project considering renewable energy alternatives have seen a sharp decline in the costs in the international market.

    No doubt there’s much corruption at play here.

    The army is now advertising to the all Pakistanis that they need not depend on the grid. Other large consumers will follow suit and then, as prices fall, even smaller ones will find it cheaper. Eventually who will be left to buy power from our government owned power companies? This is a huge threat to government finances.

    • lol , doofus, i’m dealing with solar energy right now and none of your predictions are accurate. quality solar power panels in the market 345 or 360 watts last upto 25 years and the maintenance cost on these panels is nothing compared to savings. The international market and the pakistani market are different so piss off.

  • >no public money will be used on solar parks for 25 years.

    lol solar power plants are going to maintain themselves? the panels have to be periodically cleaned because dust interferes with their efficiency. not all of them will last 25 years either. some of them will have to be replaced over time. there’s definitely on-going expenses involved here.

    >One of the concerns during the discussions was the high cost of the project considering renewable energy alternatives have seen a sharp decline in the costs in the international market.

    No doubt there’s much corruption at play here.

  • who will buy electricity from government owned discos if everyone switches to generating their own power? it starts with the large consumers like the army and eventually even smaller ones adopt it.

  • That is good. In fact with all it’s huge business setups like DHA, Fauji foundation, AWT, FFC, etc etc , Army should be standing on it’s own feet and not ask for money from the poor mans’s share in the budget. It should only keep a vigil and ensure that corrupt bureaucrats and politicians do not swindle the budget.

  • Why does army deny audit of its budget by AG Pakistan? Not everything can be avoided in the name of national security. Not all sections of army are defence production or pure military operations related.
    Like PK railway, PIA, steel Mills their business units heavily rely on government’s bailouts which is paid from tax payers’ money but general public is kept in dark from this fact. Instead of that they are told that these businesses are earning for army and retired soldiers, but the fact is that even retired soldiers get pension from civilian budget.

  • Since when did Gen. Jawad got demoted to a Lt. Gen? propakistani team is requested to vet the visuals before uploading to ensure quality.


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