As we all know Pakistan is facing significant crises these days and people are under the stress of hiked prices of petrol, electricity and all other things. It has become very difficult for people to survive in such inflation. Moreover, load shedding has made our lives more difficult in such hot weather. Therefore, we have noticed a high demand for solar panels these days. People are switching toward solar panels because affording electricity is almost impossible for middle-class people.
Reasons of Higher Demand of Solar Panels
The number of people who search on google about solar companies and solar systems has increased. Since a lot of people are trying to get rid of load shedding and they are moving towards sustainable energy. Some of the reasons people are considering solar panels are:
- Low Energy Generation
- Higher Demand for Energy
- Low-Cost Billing Scheme
- Frequent Power Outages
Low Energy Generation
According to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) study, Pakistan’s average energy demand is over 19,000 megawatts (MW), with an average generation of around 15,000 MW. From May through July, when the summer is at its peak and air conditioning units exert extra stress on the national power grid, producing frequent power outages, this demand exceeds 20,000 MW.
Higher Demand for Energy
In its research, the IEA predicts that by 2025, electricity demand would have increased to more than 49,000 MW as the country’s population and economy grow. This is a critical problem, and the administration must think of a different solution right now. The obvious candidate is solar energy.
Low-Cost Billing Scheme
The Pakistan Solar Association’s Nauman Khan believes that solar is being treated as an industrial commodity in the consumer sector in Pakistan. Nauman said that Solar is considered a luxury these days but if we consider the current situation it will soon become a need. Initially, people utilised solar to avoid load shedding, but this is a low-cost billing scheme,” says the author. Solar panels cost PKR 6 per unit, and when a battery is added, the price rises to PKR 9.5 per unit.” Solar has become a necessity in Pakistan, because of the ongoing situation. People are trying to switch to solar and make their life easier.
Frequent Power Outages
According to a recent World Bank research, merely 0.071 per cent of Pakistan’s land area might be used for solar PV, which would cover the country’s current electricity consumption! Of course, Pakistanis are aware of this due to the country’s long, scorching summers, which were formerly accompanied by frequent power outages due to a lack of supply. According to the Global Wind Atlas, Pakistan has excellent wind resource potential in the south and west of the country.
The Future is Solar!
The situation has forced Pakistanis to switch to solar and it is also cost-saving. Are you planning to buy solar panels as well? Let us know in the comments below.