Staff Report Isb: Federal Minister for Climate Change, Senator Mushahidullah Khan, said that utilizing massive potential of renewable energy, particularly solar energy, can help tackle nerve-twisting energy crisis in Pakistan and the present PMLN-led government is committed to it.
“Tackling energy crisis is top priority of the present government. For, it is vital for achieving economic growth, alleviating poverty, boosting agriculture and industrial output,” Mushahidullah Khan told the media on Tuesday on the sidelines of the inaugural ceremony of the 100-megawatt Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park in Bahawalpur.
The federal minister said that he believes utilizing the huge potential of renewable energy in Pakistan, which is clean, cheaper, environmental-friendly and sustainable source, can help achieve these goals.He also said that solar energy can reduce the mounting pressure on national power grid as a result of soaring energy demand, that peak during summer months. Besides, it can reduce the power losses but also give time to electric companies to upgrade their ailing systems.
Quoting different study reports on countrys solar energy potential, Khan highlighted that solar energy source in the country is abundant, with the country receiving 200-250 watts per square metre daily with an estimated potential of 2.9 million megawatts of solar power per annum. But the country generated less than 10 megawatts of energy from sun until recent few years.
“This is because solar energy has remained hampered by poor integration of techno-economic and socio-political aspects and inconsistent policies of the previous governments, although it was ideal particularly for the remote areas of Balochistan, Cholistan and the Thar desert where grid connectivity is quite difficult,” he stressed.