ABB helps install on-grid solar power plant in Pakistan’s premier university

The University of Central Punjab (UCP) has installed one of Pakistan’s largest grid-tied solar power plants in the education sector

The University of Central Punjab (UCP) in Pakistan has installed a 0.5 MW on-grid solar power plant, which is expected to produce 710 MWh power per year and reduce carbon emissions by 392 tons a year. This project is the first of its kind in Pakistan, providing a renewable energy source for one of the country’s premier educational institutes.

According to Pakistan’s nationally determined contributions submitted to the United Nations in 2016, annual carbon emissions for the country stood at 405 million ton CO2 equivalent in 2015 with annual emissions levels set to reach 1,603 million ton CO2 equivalent by 2030. ABB is proud to have been involved in such an initiative to promote clean sustainable energy.

“Pakistan today is witnessing a green revolution. There is a steady increase in rooftop solar projects in the country and research says that if these numbers continue, the country might add up to 5,000MW of rooftop solar panels by 2022. ABB as a technology pioneer is happy to participate across many of these renewable projects in the country.

With the solar rooftop projects where ABB inverters are used, it’s heartening to see educational institutions also keen to reduce their carbon footprint and become prosumers of electricity,” said Najeeb Ahmed, Managing Director, ABB.  

Premier Energy Ltd, a valued channel partner of ABB in Pakistan for solar products was contracted for this project.

“With the installation of this 0.5 MW grid-connected solar power plant, UCP aims to be self-sufficient in power production with huge reductions in the University’s carbon footprint,” says Dr. Zafar Ullah, Pro Rector, University of Central Punjab. “ABB string inverters will help in UCP having a clean, reliable and resilient energy system.”

Two different capacities of inverters have been used in the project, TRIO-27.6-TL and TRIO-20.0-TL. The TRIO 20.0/27.6 commercial inverter offers more flexibility and control to installers who have large installations with varying aspects or orientations.

The dual input section containing two independent Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT), allows optimal energy harvesting from two sub-arrays oriented in different directions. The TRIO features a high speed and precise MPPT algorithm for real power tracking and improved energy harvesting. The initiative of installing the 0.5 MW grid-tied solar power plant has taken the Punjab Group of Colleges one step closer to becoming Pakistan’s largest chain of green energy based educational institutions.

ABB in Pakistan recently celebrated 25 years of successful operations and also announced partnership in the 400 megawatt wind farms, which are located in Gharo and Jhimpir, near the city of Karachi. ABB is a global leader in renewable energy generation and has more than 40 years of experience in wind and solar power products and solutions that cover the entire renewable power generation industry chain from the supply of turbine and solar components to power transmission and grid connection.

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