Solar power takes off in Pakistan

ABB is helping Pakistan investors harness the huge potential of the country’s solar power resources, which are among the most productive on the planet

Much of Pakistan receives eight or nine hours of sunshine a day, making it one of the best countries on Earth for solar power generation.

Pakistan built its first solar photovoltaic power plant in 2012, later than many other countries. Since then, the government has funded several projects and incentivized businesses to develop the country’s huge potential to produce cost-effective and emission-free solar energy.

As a result, solar power now accounts for 6 percent of the country’s power generation and is growing rapidly.

Pioneer

One of the first to invest in this potential is Harappa Solar, whose opening project is an 18 megawatt photovoltaic plant in Punjab province, close to the India border.

As this was Harappa Solar’s first solar project, the company required a reliable and experienced partner who could provide a unified automation and production management solution to maximize output and secure a rapid return on investment.

“ABB was our preferred choice,” says Rana Uzair Nasim, Harappa Solar’s chief operating officer. “We have worked closely with them in the past on other projects in Pakistan and we value their solutions and expertise immensely.”

What makes the solution different?

The solution features four standout benefits unique to ABB solar technology:

The ABB programmable logic controllers enable the solar panels to follow the path of the sun with exceptional precision, processing data faster and more accurately than any other PLC on the market;

ABB Ability™ SCADA controls all plant and substation equipment in a unified system. It regulates output according to the fluctuating requirements of the grid, providing operators and management with intuitive dashboard visualization of real-time and historical plant data;

ABB was the only company that could supply all control and visualization features within a single system – other vendors required additional systems to provide the same functionalities;

With just four months between site clearance and production, ABB designed, installed and commissioned the solution within this very tight deadline.

Universities lead the way

Following the success of the project, ABB’s solar portfolio and expertise are much in demand. Its ability to supply complete power and automation solutions that maximize output and minimize operating costs sets it apart from other companies.

Other recent ABB projects include solar solutions for universities and schools in Lahore, enabling them to become self-sufficient in electric power and free from outages in the local grid of the country’s second most populous city.

ABB is a leading provider of integrated power and automation solutions with unparalleled experience in partnering with the energy and water industries, bringing them improved operations and sustainable progress. We deliver integrated and secure digital systems, services and solutions to automate and optimize the performance of conventional and renewable power plants and water facilities.

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