The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has granted a $325m loan aimed at increasing installation of various renewable energy projects in Pakistan.

The funding will also be used to improve access to electricity in the country’s two largest provinces, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province (KPP) and Punjab, while a further $750,000 will be provided in technical assistance grant by ADB for capacity development and improvement of performance monitoring of the programme.

Projects include the construction of 1,000 micro-hydropower plants (MHPs) in off-grid areas of KPP as well as rooftop solar plants at 23,000 schools and over 2,500 primary healthcare facilities in two provinces and a university in Bahawalpur, Punjab.

In total, the MHPs and solar plants are expected to generate electricity required to power around 1.5 million people in rural areas.