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) is a photovoltaic power station under construction in Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan, named in honor of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan.
Once fully completed it will have the capacity to generate 1,000 MW.
The first 100 MW project is 100% owned by the Quaid-i-Azam Solar Power Pvt. The project is purely in IPP mode and the financing is obtained from the Bank of Punjab.
The turnkey contractor for the project is TBEA Xinjiang Sun Oasis Co. each, 100 centralised inverters of 1 MW each, 100 transformers of 1 MVA each at 33k V.
Once completed, the project will generate more than the current 550 MW installed capacity in the Topaz Solar Farm and the Desert Sunlight Solar Farm in California.
The project's expected completion in 2016 would make it the largest photovoltaic power station.
Several domestic and international investors have been granted LOIs to start the process of establishment of solar plants on an IPP (independent power producer) basis.
The Government of Pakistan announced a new upfront feed in tariff for solar power plants in January 2015, where the investors will be able to sell electricity to the national grid at between 14 and 15 US cents per k Wh.
The announcement of this tariff and the completion of the first 100 MW at Bahawalpur has generated great interest with investors.
In May 2016, the owner, Quaid-i-Azam Solar Power, claimed that the first phase of 100 MW is yielding about 169 GW·h yearly, an improvement on the stated target of 153 GW·h annually.