Solar Energy Potential And The Opportunity For Economic Growth.
I has been brought to our attention by one of our loyal readers that we have never done an article on solar power in Pakistan. In the 7 plus years that we have been publishing the magazine I am sure we must have mentioned it at least once.
Instead of going back in time to look we decided to find some projects and news about the quest for clean energy and solar power in Pakistan.
Pakistan has tremendous solar energy potential or resources. In fact it is not a stretch to say that with the addition of energy storage units such as batteries, Pakistan should be able to plot a path to fossil fuel energy independance.
We decided to start with this recent Tedtalk that digs deep into the solar power opportunities for the country of Pakistan and it’s population of 182 million people. The speaker is Najam Ahmad Shah.
Solar Energy Potential Needs A Champion.
When he joined Pakistan’s Civil Service, Najam Ahmad Shah was repeatedly told that his engineering and management degrees and skill set was irrelevant to his career as a civil servant. However, in a country that believed that setting up Solar Power was expensive and not feasible, a country where people lacked the specific training, since this hadn’t been done before; this man pioneered the first Solar Power Plant from scratch, and that too a plant with above average capacity. Listen to him talk about his journey from being an engineer and a civil servant, to CEO of Quaid-e-Azam Solar, and sharing the idea of a Solar Pakistan.
Mr. Najam Ahmad Shah, a Fulbright Scholar and an Eisenhower Fellow, is an Electrical Engineer and also holds a Masters in Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management, as well as Masters in Public Administration(the latter from Harvard). He has worked for Siemens. Currently, Mr. Shah is the CEO Quaid e Azam Solar Power Pvt. Ltd.; the government’s initiative to help solve Pakistan’s energy crisis.
Gordon's expertise in the area of industrial energy efficiency and alternative energy. He is an experienced electrical engineer with a Masters degree in Alternative Energy technology. He is the co-founder of several renewable energy media sites including Solar Thermal Magazine.