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Distributed Generation Landscape in Pakistan: Challenges and Possible Solutions


Authors: Naila Saleh, Prof. Paul Upham

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Decentralized renewable energy configurations supported by technological breakthroughs has unleashed myriad benefits for developing countries— not only offering ‘irresistible’ alternative to end-users frustrated with unreliable supply of energy but also an optimal opportunity for the relevant public authorities to reduce the losses in the energy sector as well as decades of terrible impacts of climate change. In Pakistan, however Distributed Solar PV uptake (DSPV) is still in its infancy—reaching 3020 Distributed Generators by the end of Dec, 2019. This contrasts poorly with regional peer countries such as India and Bangladesh. Against the background, any desired upscaling in the country context would require new approaches to its growing penetration. This study therefore conducts an in-depth analysis of challenges/barriers constraining uptake of DSPV in Pakistan. Using multi-level process interactions in sociotechnical transitions,  it unpacks and evaluate the usual ‘barrier metaphor’ used as a substitute for psychological, sociological and institutional factors in the context of DSPV uptake in Pakistan. Overall objective remains to devise forward-looking policies and strategies — necessary to unleash the potential of distributed generation and catalyze the low-carbon transition drive in Pakistan.

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