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AKU launches 3.3 MW solar photovoltaic installation


In alignment with its goal to achieve net zero emissions by 2030, the Aga Khan University (AKU) has embarked on its most significant solar photovoltaic (PV) initiative to date. The initiative kicked off with a formal agreement signing with Exide Pakistan Limited, tasked with implementing the solar PV project at AKU's Stadium Road Campus in Karachi, Pakistan. Utilizing renewable energy sources is pivotal for minimizing greenhouse gas emissions and making the shift towards clean energy. Pakistan's high solar irradiation levels make solar PV an excellent option for generating electricity in the region. Previously, in 2022, AKU successfully installed solar PV systems totaling 550 kilowatts on three campus buildings, yielding substantial environmental benefits. The current phase aims to add 3.3 megawatts of solar power across all remaining rooftops and three expansive parking lots, simultaneously providing shade for parked vehicles. The installation will proceed in stages, with a target completion date set for April 2025.

Dr. Sulaiman Shahabuddin, the President of AKU, stated, "Embarking on this project is a significant leap towards our decarbonization objectives established in 2022. It underscores the unwavering dedication of both AKDN and AKU to sustainability and addressing climate change through renewable energy ventures." Achieving net zero emissions by 2030 for AKU involves a comprehensive approach, including the adoption of renewable energy alongside enhancing energy efficiency through better building designs, advanced equipment, and changes in behavior. AKU is making swift progress in reducing emissions, closely monitoring its carbon footprint to stay in line with its Decarbonisation Plan.

Mr. Altaf Hashwani, Director of Exide Pakistan Limited, commended the AKU-Exide partnership for its role in promoting renewable energy and mitigating climate change. He highlighted, "This initiative is not only advantageous for AKU but also serves as an exemplary model for other institutions in embracing renewable energy solutions."

The project is set to alleviate the load on the K-Electric power grid, enhancing local air quality by providing a renewable source of electricity. It promises significant reductions in electricity costs, fosters independence from fossil fuel reliance, and contributes to the reduction of noise and air pollution. Expected to save approximately 1900 tonnes of CO2e annually—equivalent to the emissions from burning 800,000 liters of petrol—the project solidifies AKU's role as a frontrunner in environmental conservation and climate action efforts, both locally and internationally.