September 22, 2023

Lahore (Muhammad Yasir)

The Pakistan Photograph voltaic Affiliation (PSA) has been inundated with inquiries from member corporations and stakeholders contained in the Pakistan picture voltaic commerce concerning purported changes to the Time of Use Tariff for purchasers of DISCOs (Distribution Firms).

After weeks of speculation fueled by incorrect info devices circulating on social media and unofficial sources, the PSA takes this opportunity to clarify that there have been no alterations to the timings for peak and off-peak hours.

Upon session with associated authorities on the Nationwide Electrical Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) and DISCOs, the PSA confirms that there have been no adjustments to the prevailing timing for Peak hours and there should not any plans to take motion.

The current software program of 4 hours inside the day for Peak prices stays unchanged. Equally, there was no modification to the Off-Peak hours each the seasonal band 6:00PM TO 10:00PM in winter and 7:00PM TO 11:00PM in summer time season for the peak hours moreover keep the unchanged.

Zafar Iqbal, a member of the PSA Standing Committee on Net Metering, acknowledged: “Upon seeing the data and inquiries from PSA member corporations, we checked the similar with associated people at NEPRA and DISCOs, and they also clarified that there is not a change inside the timing of Peak and Off-Peak hours, and the rumors are incorrect.”

The PSA urges all stakeholders to rely on verified knowledge and refrain from spreading unconfirmed info that can lead to confusion and misperceptions contained in the commerce and amongst shoppers.

Chairman of the PSA, Amir Chaudhary, emphasised the essential operate the Pakistan Photograph voltaic Enterprise is having fun with in reaching the imaginative and prescient of Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif to harness clear and cost-effective picture voltaic vitality. He acknowledged: “We’re working diligently with the associated authorities, along with NEPRA and the Totally different Vitality Enchancment Board (AEDB), to help shoppers receive a reduction within the worth {of electrical} vitality by rising the contribution of picture voltaic vitality inside the nationwide vitality mix.”

The PSA acknowledges the importance of renewable vitality sources and their potential in transforming Pakistan’s vitality panorama. By promoting picture voltaic vitality adoption, the affiliation objectives to bolster the nation’s efforts to combat native climate change, reduce dependence on fossil fuels, and create a sustainable vitality future.

The commerce’s response to the PSA’s efforts has been overwhelmingly constructive. Enterprise members have really useful the affiliation for bringing collectively all stakeholders on a typical platform to cope with this topic. They pledge to collaborate with the PSA to work within the path of realizing Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s imaginative and prescient of maximizing the contribution of picture voltaic vitality in Pakistan’s vitality mix.

The Pakistan Photograph voltaic Affiliation assures its member corporations, the picture voltaic commerce, and most of the people that it will proceed to work rigorously with associated authorities to advocate for favorable insurance coverage insurance policies and legal guidelines that facilitate the enlargement of picture voltaic vitality inside the nation. It stays steadfast in its dedication to promoting a cleaner, greener, and additional sustainable vitality panorama for Pakistan.