Peshawar: The Energy and Power Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has completed eight separate hydropower projects with a combined capacity of 161MW and an estimated yearly income of Rs3.98 billion. Similarly, the solar project has completed five separate 3.12MW schemes, resulting in an annual savings of Rs. 86 million.
Other seven hydroelectric projects with a total capacity of 232MW and seven solar projects with a total capacity of 43MW are also under construction. These initiatives are projected to bring in Rs. 9 billion in income and Rs. 865 million in savings per year.
This was told in a meeting of the Energy and Power Department held here with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan in the chair on Tuesday. Special Assistant to CM for Energy Taj Muhammad Tarand, Secretary Energy Muhammad Zubair, PEDO Chief Executive Officer Muhammad Naeem and other concerned officials attended the meeting.
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The forum was briefed about the major achievements and overall performance of the department and was told that so far 8 hydropower projects had been completed in the province that includes
- 81MW Malakand-III Hydropower Project Dargai
- 18MW Hydropower Project Pehur
- 1.8MW Shishi Hydropower Project Chitral
- 4.2MW Reshun Hydropower Project Chitral
- 2.6MW Machai Hydropower Project Mardan
- 36.6MW Daral Hydropower Project Swat
- 17MW Ranolia Hydropower Project Kohistan
- 10 mini micro-projects on Canals
Similarly, it was informed that 7 Hydropower Projects were under construction in the different parts of the province.