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USAID Announces $43 million In New Funding To Support Wind Power Projects in Sindh

Clean energy in Pakistan is a relatively underserved sector; recently, there has been considerable interest by government agencies and from the private sector to explore clean energy resources for electricity generation, in the wake of power crisis and electricity shortages affecting the country’s economy. Hydroelectric contributes more to power generation than any other clean energy source. Other sources of power generation are also emerging, including wind and solar power sources.

The government of Pakistan plans to set up many power plants at different locations across the country to meet growing energy demand. Four wind power plants are currently under construction in Jhimpir, Gharo, Keti Bandar and Bin Qasim, Sindh. The government has planned to develop wind power plants due to difficulties supplying electricity to the remote southern areas of Balochistan and Sindh, these projects were undertaken with cooperation from the USAID and the Chinese government.

USAID’s support of $43 million for Renewable energy projects in Sindh

American Consul-General Grace Shelton visited and inspected the wind power project at Thatta, Sindh, on Dec. 01.

“These clean energy projects reflect the country’s dedication to maintaining renewable energy sector and show the indispensable contribution renewable energy can make in enabling Pakistan to solve its power crisis,” Grace Shelton told the reporters.

“Our government will continue to support Pakistan’s attempts to promote renewable energy sector to strengthen economic growth.” She added.

Mr. Danish Hanif, who is a manager at Sapphire Wind Power Plant, briefed Grace Shelton about the contribution made by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) to fund the Wind Power Project that will add 50 megawatts of renewable energy to the country’s national grid.

The US government also provided funds for the National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC) grid station to update and maintain the system. USAID’s support of $43 million will hopefully serve the purpose of establishing a 680-megawatt link.

References: The News International 

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