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Pakistan-US Science and Technology Cooperation Program                                                 
Phase 1 (2005 Deadline)

Improving the Lifestyle of Villagers in Remote Areas of  Federally
Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan Using Renewable Energy 

Johnny Weiss, Solar Energy International
Ishtiaq A. Qazi, National University of Sciences and Technology
Pakistani Funding (HEC):  $100,000
US Funding:    $ 40,000
Project Dates on US Side: January 1, 2006 - December 31, 2006 (Completed)

Project Overview

This collaborative effort between Solar Energy International (SEI) and the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) was designed to provide solar pumping capabilities for six villages in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of northwestern Pakistan. The first stage in the project was a two-week training course presented by SEI consultant Walt Ratterman in Islamabad April 24-May 5, 2006. Walt was joined by Dipti Vaghela as an assistant instructor on photovoltaics and on the community development aspects of the project. The class participants came from a variety of backgrounds. There were several students from NGOs working in the FATA areas, Balochistan, or the earthquake affected areas (or some combination thereof), including the primary NGO for the implementation of this project, Community Motivation & Development Organization (CMDO). In addition, there were students with engineering backgrounds from the university, including one lecturer at the Electrical and Mechanical College of NUST. Finally, Grundfos, one of the primary solar pump suppliers, also sent a student.

Major Results

  • Installed solar-powered water pumping equipment in six FATA villages where residents previously had to walk long distances to obtain water
  • Provided training to community organizations and villagers on installing and maintaining the pumping systems
  • Enhanced NUST's capabilities in installing solar pumping systems, evaluating sites suitable for their use, and providing training in their operation

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