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CDA Launches Major Solar Initiative to Cut Electricity Costs for Buildings and Infrastructure

Solar Initiative

The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has launched a significant solar initiative to reduce heavy electricity bills by transitioning to solar power for its buildings, street lights, tube wells, and water pumps. This move is part of the CDA’s broader effort to promote sustainability and cost efficiency.

The CDA Board has approved a feasibility study for the solarization project, which is expected to save the agency Rs. 250 million monthly. The project will be implemented in three phases: initially converting tube wells and water pumps to solar power, followed by street lights, and finally transitioning CDA buildings.

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The solar panels to be installed on tube wells and waterworks across the capital are projected to generate 4.5 megawatts of electricity. This solar system is expected to operate the waterworks and tube wells for the next 25 years, with the Rs. 80 million installation cost recouped within the first four years.

Member Engineering Khalid Hafeez presented the summary of the solarization project to the CDA Board. After thorough deliberation, the board emphasized the need for a comprehensive feasibility study. This study will evaluate site characteristics, detailed system design, technical and financial assessments, regulatory compliance, integration with existing infrastructure, and monitoring and maintenance protocols to ensure optimal outcomes.

The feasibility study will be conducted in accordance with the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules of 2004. It aims to finalize the Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Power installation schemes, ensuring that all technical and regulatory requirements are met for a successful transition to solar power.