Gilgit-Baltistan: Under REDSIP 30 MW Hydro Projects in GB in Progress

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ISLAMABAD(APP): Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) is implementing three 50 MW wind energy projects worth around US $ 400 million in Jhampir area to meet growing power needs of the country.Eight more projects (US $ 1.6 billion) are expected to achieve financial close by June this year and are expected to generate 550 MW power by 2013. A senior official in the Board while enumerating the initiatives on Sunday said, AEDB has facilitated large pipeline projects, which are expected to come online in the next year.
The official said through its facilitation, Wind Risk was offered to all wind projects in Sindh as 10 projects are at advance stage of development and implementation.

With regard to hydro, he said AEDB is managing ADB’s Renewable Energy Development Sector Investment Programme (REDSIP) as under this programme projects of 56.2 MW in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 24.04 MW in Punjab and two projects of 30 MW in Gilgit-Baltistan are under different stages of implementation.

The official said AEDB, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Agha Khan Foundation (AKF) are implementing 103 micro-hydro projects (15 MW) in Chitral. Phase-two, comprising 250 plants is under preparation. AEDB has obtained licenses for local manufacturing and trained local manufacturers for micro-hydro turbines for the project, he added.

The official said through the efforts of AEDB, market for PV panels has increased by over 200% per year and solar water heater by 300% annually during last three years.
He said the Board has also issued a LoI for 12MW project to generate power from agriculture waste.

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