CDA Introduces Solarization Initiative to Reduce Monthly Electricity Expenses by Rs. 250 Million

The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has introduced a major initiative to significantly reduce its hefty electricity expenses by switching to solar power for its infrastructure, including buildings, street lights, tube wells, and water pumps.

This move is part of the CDA’s larger effort to enhance sustainability and improve cost-efficiency. The CDA Board has approved a feasibility study for the solarization project. According to CDA officials, this transition is expected to save the agency Rs. 250 million each month.

The project will be executed in three stages: the initial phase will focus on converting tube wells and water pumps to solar power, followed by street lights, and finally, the transition of CDA buildings. The project aims to install solar panels on tube wells and waterworks throughout the capital to generate 4.5 megawatts of electricity. This solar system is anticipated to operate the waterworks and tube wells for the next 25 years, covering the Rs. 80 million installation cost within the first four years.

Member Engineering Khalid Hafeez presented the solarization project summary to the CDA Board. After extensive discussion and consideration of various inputs, the board stressed the importance of conducting a comprehensive feasibility study. This study will assess site characteristics, detailed system design, technical and financial evaluations, regulatory compliance, integration with existing infrastructure, and monitoring and maintenance protocols to ensure optimal results.

The board has decided to carry out this feasibility study in accordance with the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules of 2004. The study will finalize the Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Power installation plans, ensuring that all technical and regulatory requirements are met for a successful shift to solar energy.

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