Pakistan issues guidelines and tariffs for solar

The government of Pakistan has issued guidelines for the sale of energy generated through solar to the Central Power Purchasing Agency, part of the National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC).

Under the guidelines, which were published on the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) website, companies in Pakistan can sell to a distribution company at 132 kV or below, or at any voltage level including 11 kV and above. Responsibility for the interconnection facilities falls on the NTDC for a voltage of 220 kV or above, the distribution company for 132 kV or below; or either if the voltage is set at at 132 kV.

The news comes as the government of Pakistan approves upfront tariff and indexation for solar power generation. According to the NEPRA website, the government’s declaration, of 21 January, determined the upfront solar tariff for a range of PV plants with capacities of 1 MW to 10 MW, totalling 50 MW in all. Upfront tariffs were guaranteed to six projects with a total capacity of 47.56 MW.

The tariffs are the result of the dedication of 6,500 acres of land near Lal Sohanra for a 1 GW solar power park. The first phase of the plant’s building saw Quaid-e-Azam Solar Power taking on a pv project of 100 MW. According to NEPRA, the government of Punjab then asked the body to announce the upfront tariff for solar projects of this size. A request was also received by NEPRA from the government of Sindh to announce upfront tariffs for various capacities.

After interventions and comments from the companies involved, NEPRA has decided on the upfront tariffs, which can be seen in their entirety here.