The Sindh Government has reserved 60,000 acres of land for renewable energy projects as it seeks to harness the massive energy potential of the province, a news source quoted Sindh Energy Minister Imtiaz Ahmed Shaikh. He was speaking at the 17th World Wind Energy Conference.
Shaikh said the government would develop its own grid company under a public-private partnership that would be dedicated to evacuating clean electricity being generated in the country’s only wind corridor in Thatta-Jhimpir area.
He also announced plans to set up a World Bank-funded USD 100 million solar power project to facilitate the residents of off-grid areas. He hoped that Islamabad would approve the proposed wind energy projects.
On energy projects, the minister said that 23 wind energy projects had started functioning in Gharo-Jhimpir corridor of the province while another 30 to 40 such projects were under different stages of completion.
He said the government was committed to promoting utilization of clean generation resources in the province, adding that utmost efforts were being made to produce clean, renewable energy.