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Speech by Minister for Energy Imtiaz Ahmad Shaikh at Consultative Workshop on Sindh Solar Energy Program for Promotion of Solar Home Systems

Karachi, October 03, 2018 (PPI-OT): Honourable Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah, The country Director WB Pakistan Mr. Illango, Chief Secretary Sindh/ Chairman P and D Board, CEO AEDB, Excellency Ambassadors, Provincial Ministers, Honourable Members of National Assembly and Sindh Assembly , Energy Experts Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentle Man Assalaam-o Alaikum. It is indeed a great pleasure for me to welcome the honourable Chief Minister and the WB top Brass to be with us at this important moment of solar energy project initiation. Energy is the life line of the economy and has direct impact on the socio-economic development.

The “Sustainable Energy for All” is one of the top most Global agenda of the UN to combat the poverty, terrorism and other social evils from the society. The Energy Department with a proactive approach inline with Sustainable Development Goals is expected to contribute sizeable share in the development and progress of the country. Sindh Energy Department was established in 2013 under the able guidance and supervision of the honourable Chief Minister, and during the last four journey, we have tremendous achievements to overcome the persisting energy crisis in the country.

The development of wind corridors in Jhampir and Gharo are in full swing. 20 project are producing above 1 GW electricity from wind and many more projects are at various development stages. The province took lead in establishing its own power transmission and dispatch company STDC and Alhamdolillah it is successfully managing 1st transmission line from Nooriabad to Karachi. Despite all these efforts, the Department realized that the contribution of energy in the overall country’s national pool, the common people at gross route levels are still not getting the benefits of the economic uplift due to high costs of energy supply, unavailability in rural and remote areas for sustainable development, whereas, the development world was taking advantage of solar energy resources in lieu of its Little to No Global Warming Emissions.

Human activity is overloading our atmosphere with carbon dioxide and other global warming emissions, which trap heat, steadily drive up the planet’s temperature, and create significant and harmful impacts on our health, our environment, and our climate. Today , as per international reports , The amount of solar power capacity expected to be added in the coming years is equivalent to 70,000 new solar panels every hour – enough to cover 1,000 soccer pitches every day and by 2022, the worlds overall renewable capacity will be 43%. We thankful to the World Bank, having common objective of promoting green energy technologies.

WB has committed to provide its technical and financial support for the SSEP project. The one –fourth of our population is in remote and rural areas having no access to electricity. The irony is that the rest of the three –fourth of the population having access to grid interconnection is suffering the long hour load sheddings of 12-16 hours , when the scorching sun has raised the temperatures around 50 degree celsius. The SSEP Program is mainly focused to divert the conventional methods of energy production to the state of the art new solar technologies to achieve the target of 100 % electricity access to all. The project has been approved by the relevant forums.

The negotiations on financial agreements has been completed with the WB. WB Board has also approved the project in June 2018. The Objective of this consultative workshop is to provide all the participants a forum to discuss, share experience, provide guidance and devise a strategy, develop a road map for successful implementation of this SREDP project and request all the experts for active participation I hope the outcomes of this two day workshop will pay a vital role in developing a stable infrastructure for sustainable economic growth.

The major issues is to develop the mechanism for sustainable model of solar system acceptable to the local people, assuring the quality products and long term sustainability of the system. The market is full of solar products, but the system efficiencies are not up to the level of satisfaction, we need long term model, its operation and maintenance and reliability including micro finance facility in addition to Govt support. A questionnaire has been developed for all the participants for detailed deliberations and ultimate solutions. I once again thank to all the distinguished guests of this workshop, the honourable Chief Guest, Excellencies, dignitaries for active participation enabling the successful project implementation.

Thank you all

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Energy Department, Government of Sindh
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