On 2nd October 2015, Pakistan adopted the IEC 62257, a series of recommendations for small renewable energy and hybrid systems designed to simplify and harmonise rural electrification which is difficult in areas whose terrain can make extending the current power grid very expensive.
The goal of the recommendations is to improve the safety of systems and enhance the quality of services by helping to facilitate the work of clean energy project developers and those who seek off- grid rural electrification, particularly in locations such as Pakistan which have high levels of solar irradiance.
The IEC 62257 has been designed to provide easier access to the social, economic and environmental benefits of renewable energy technologies for off-grid electrification.
Currently, approximately 66% of power generation in Pakistan is derived from fossil fuels. The nation is facing a 3 GW power supply shortage at a time when only just over half of its population has access to electricity.