Alternative Energy Potential in Sindh
Sindh province is blessed with a wind corridor which is recognized as one of the strongest wind corridor in the region having average wind speeds of 10 m/s and is available for almost 12 months. Thecorridor is 60km wide (Gharo – Ketibandar) and more than 180km long (including Thatta, Badin, Jamshoro, Hyderabad and Tharparkar). This corridor has an exploitable potential of more than 60,000MW of electric power generation.
Government of Sindh has opened its arms for private investors to install wind farms as Independent Power Producers (IPP) and has facilitated with suitable lands in the wind corridor. 32 IPPs are already executing their wind power generation projects and are at different implementation stages. Government of Sindh has a policy for providing land to such power projects called “Land Grant Policy”.Government of Sindh welcomes all local and foreign investors and power producers to invest and implementation in wind power generation projects.
Sindh province receives an average of about 19 mega joules per square meter of energy throughout the year which is high level of solar radiation. Such a high potential of energy allows us to produce electricity for on Grid communities through mega level power generation plants using solar photovoltaic and solar thermal technologies and to off Grid communities using stand alone or community based power generation facilities using solar photovoltaic technology.
Government of Sindh has planned to install concentrated solar thermal and solar photovoltaic based power generation projects, electrify off Grid public sector education buildings using solar photovoltaic technology, install and electrify water drawing, desalination and distribution setups in rural Sindh where deep water wells are the only drinking water source available for dwellers, and provide solar street lights in off Grid remote villages.
Waste To Energy
Agriculture and livestock sector of Sindh produces copious amount of biomass in the form of crop residues and animal waste such as bagasse, rice husk and dung much of which is currently collected and used outside commercial economy as unprocessed fuel for cooking and household heating. In addition municipal solid waste produced by large urban population like Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Larkana, ShaheedBenazirabad, Mirpurkhas etc… is presently openly dumped, which could instead be utilized to produce methane gas and electricity.
Government of Sindh has plans to install municipal solid waste to energy power generation projects in potential cities of Sindh, to utilize agriculture and livestock waste for fuel recovery and for electricity generation.