Daily News Wrap-Up: Pakistan to Solarize All Government Buildings by April 2023

BELECTRIC signs an EPC contract to develop 102 MW solar projects in England


Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from the world:

The Pakistan government, as the first step of its solarisation project, has decided to solarise all public buildings of federal ministries and its divisions across the country by April 2023. The decision is expected to help reduce the energy import bills and generate cheap and environment-friendly electricity to cut the reliance on imported energy, which is about $27 billion annually, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said on his Twitter account.

The Ministry of Heavy Industries (MHI) announced that under the FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric vehicles) India Phase II program, cities /STUs/state governments placed supply orders for 3,538 electric buses. Out of which, 1,716 e-buses have been deployed as on January 2, 2022. The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has recently deployed 50 electric buses as part of the 300 e-buses approved for the corporation for intra-city operations. The ministry has also approved 100 electric buses for Delhi Metro Rail Corporation for last-mile connectivity in August. The Centre is expected to provide an incentive of ₹1.65 billion ($19.9 million) to DTC for the 300 electric buses.

BELECTRIC, a global EPC provider has signed a contract with Vantage RE, a renewable energy developer, for the construction of 102 MW solar projects in England. Vantage RE is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Malaysian utility company Tenaga Nasional Berhad. BELECTRIC will build two solar farms which will be located near Hook in the region of Hampshire (66.5 MW) and Eastfields in Warwickshire (34.8 MW), and will be equipped with a 65 MWh battery storage system. The project would consist of almost 170,000 solar modules, with a capacity equivalent to 37,000 homes with green energy. Construction is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2023.

The United Kingdom announced a Nuclear Fuel Fund worth £75 million (~$90.39 million), to encourage investment in new and robust fuel production capabilities in the country. The country’s Energy and Climate Minister Graham Stuart claims that the funding would support the development of alternatives to the Russian fuel supply and strengthen UK’s energy security. The fund is expected to back the government’s ambition to secure up to 24 GW of nuclear power by 2050. Earlier in June, G7 leaders agreed to begin concerted action to reduce reliance on civil nuclear and related goods from Russia, including working to diversify their supplies of uranium and nuclear fuel production capability. Russia currently owns around 20% of the global uranium conversion capacity and 40% of the enrichment capacity.