In Pakistan, most of the energy yield comes from fossil fuel and only 7-8% of electricity comes from Renewable Energy Sources (RES) to the national electrical grid. In 2020, Government has issued Alternate Renewable Energy Policy 2020 that offers generous tax facilities to investors and promises induction of power plants on open competitive bidding for lowest tariff and technology transfer. This is expected that the implementation of ARE policy will result in effective integration of RES with existing mainstream power sources. Pakistan intends to have at least 20 percent of its generation capacity based on ARE technologies by 2025, and 30 percent by 2030. The notification of net-metering rules already approved in 2018 for domestic and captive installations of renewable energy, and this is expected approximately 2,000MW of clean solar energy can be added to the system without any investment by the government.
Seeing the importance of renewable energy, NED University has established Centre for Advanced Studies in Renewable Energy (ASURE) in 2019. The scope of the centre is to do research, consultancy and testing facility to industry, government organizations, R&D organizations and others. This centre will support the deployment of solar, wind and other renewable energy sources in Sindh as well as in Pakistan spanning various market segments.
This centre will also provide consultancy service to the consumer and industry.
The scope of the centre is shown in Fig. 1.