The World Bank is set to approve a $100 million loan for the Sindh Solar Energy Program (SSEP)
May 29, 2018 (BE2C2) — The Government of Sindh Province has rejected submissions from all four bidders in its tender for 352 solar PV systems to electrify primary health facilities.
The Directorate of Alternative Energy in the Energy Department noted that the Technical Evaluation Committee report observed that all four bids were not technically qualified and hence rejected. The Committee has also decided that given the disqualifications, the tender may be re-issued.
The method of procurement was a single stage two envelope procedure and the scope had included supply, installation and three years of O&M serivce provision.
The four bidding companies were:
— Kaimkhani & Brothers Engineering & Construction
— Al-Farooq Traders United Metamorphosis Technologies Engineering Management Services JV
— Madni Engineering Construction Compnay
— S.M. Engineers & Contractors
The government of Sindh recently prepared a framework to address the potential environmental, resettlement, and social impacts associated with its major solar initiative, for which it is seeking World Bank funding. The World Bank is set to approve a $100 million loan for the program.
The Sindh Solar Energy Program (SSEP), a pioneering scheme in the country, aims to support solar deployment in the southern province across utility-scale, distributed generation and residential segments. This includes up to 400MW of solar park capacity (50-200MW per park).
The Solar Park concept aims to help to reduce the risk profile for private sector developers by ensuring that land is secured, permits obtained, and power off-take is pre-arranged.
The site for the first 50MW situated near Manjhand, Jamshoro district has been found with land secured for it.
Also, under this scheme, it is targeted to set-up 15MW of distributed PV on rooftops of public sector buildings in the metropolis of Karachi and Hyderabad.
The program also aims to bring solar power to homes to a quarter of million households in various areas of Sindh where electricity access remains poor.
The power generated from distributed solar in Sindh will most probably have a tariff of around $0.06 to $0.10 per kWh, which is going to be lesser than retail tariff charged by power utilities.
The project is not entirely Sindh focused as the aim is to spur on other Pakistani provinces through example.
EcoEnergy bags funding for off-grid solar in rural Pakistan
In separate news, EcoEnergy, a solar energy provider in the country, has secured US$600,000 in debt finance to help it provide off-grid solar energy to 10,000 of the poorest rural households in the country.
EcoEnergy struck the deal with SIMA, a social investment advisor and manager backed by the Dutch and Belgian government development banks, AXA, MetLife, USAID and the pension fund of the Episcopalian and Lutheran churches.
EcoEnergy will use the capital to purchase products, technology and services from UK-based BBOXX, a next generation utility company that is highly active in off-grid services in Africa among other destinations. BBOXXX will provide its cloud-based task management software, Pulse. EcoEnergy will then scale up its operations and extend distribution of smart solar home systems across the country, having been constrained until now by a lack of access to working capital.