Located in the desert area of Lal Sohanra, spanning 2,630 hectares with installed flat-panel PV and a total installed capacity of 1,000 MW, the Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park is one of the world‘s largest solar power plant. Being the first utility-scale, grid connected solar power plant of Pakistan, the project consists of three phases (Phase I – 100 MW, Phase II – 300MW and Phase III – 600MW). The Solar Park in the long run is expected to play a critical role in attempting to bridge the supply demand gap that Pakistan is facing.
Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park
Bahawalpur, Punjab Province, Pakistan
China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)
The Solar Park was officially inaugurated on April 20, 2015, in a ceremony attended by Pakistan‘s Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Phase II (300 MW) was connected to the grid in June 2016 and Phase III (600 MW) of the project is currently under construction.
Start of Construction
Phase I: China-based TBEA Xinjiang SunOasis Co. Ltd. provided the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC), as well as the operation and maintenance (O&M) for the project. Phase II: Zonergy Company Ltd provided the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of the project.
It is claimed, that the solar power is being sold to the grid at USD 0.1497/kWh.
TBEA Xinjiang Sunoasis Co. Ltd. was awarded a power generation license by the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPR) for 25 years.
Phase I: In total 12 companies applied for pre-qualification, of which three were shortlisted. Chinese company, TBEA Xinjiang SunOasis Co. Ltd., was then awarded the project contract. TBEA bid USD 152 million for the EPC contract, plus USD 4.7m for onshore taxes.
Ministry of Water and Power
Quaid-e-Azam Solar Power (Pvt.) Ltd is a public-sector for-profit company wholly owned by the government of Punjab. The Punjab Privatisation Board (PPB) approved the privatisation of the 100MW portion of QASPL owned by Punjab in July 2017 and initiated the bidding process.
Additional Project Information
The Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park was named after the founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
Around 400 Chinese workers and over 2,000 laborers were involved in the construction of the solar park.
In Phase I, at least 0.5 million solar panels (poly-crystalline photovoltaic cells) were installed in three blocks.
The solar panels feed into the national grid for around 8-10 hours each day without battery systems to store energy for night-time distribution.
Generation License Application (Phase 1)
Masterplanning Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park
Project design document CDM
Quaid-e-Azam Solar Power (Private) Limited (QASPL) Credit Rating Report