Survey of Energy Resources 2007
Solar Country Notes
The Pakistan Energy Yearbook 2006, published by the Hydrocarbon Development Institute of Pakistan, reports that in 2005-2006 the Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) successfully deployed solar energy technologies in nine villages under its '100 Solar Homes Programme'. In each of the villages a hundred or more houses were provided with a basic electrical installation, comprising an 88 W solar panel, four LED lights, a 12 V DC fan and a TV socket. Each of the 991 households in the scheme was also provided with a solar cooker and a solar disinfecting unit.
In another initiative, the AEDB has devised a Solar Water and Desalination project to provide clean potable water in the remote areas of Tharparkar in Sindh. Five villages in Tharparkar will each be provided with a PV brackish-water pump, and a solar thermal desalination unit will be installed in each house.
The Board has also developed a project for the demonstration of solar thermal power generation technologies, including Parabolic Trough (35 kW) and Stirling Dish (10 kW). With the assistance of the provincial governments of Sindh and Balochistan, demonstration sites have been identified.
Private-sector companies in Pakistan, with the facilitation of the AEDB, have developed a number of products for areas that have been electrified with solar energy, including LED lights, solar lanterns, pedal generators, hand generators and solar mobile-phone chargers.