Pakistans first solar power system goes online
STAFF REPORT IBD: Realising the countrys growing demand for power to operate industries, agriculture and domestic sector, the government of Pakistan has initiated several projects to resolve the persistent energy crisis.
“The projects commenced by the government not only look to tap conventional sources but also the renewable energy resources including wind, solar and biomass,” said Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gillani while addressing the inaugural ceremony of Pakistans first on-grid solar power generation system here last week.
It is to be noted here that apart from large hydel power potential, the identified potential of power generation from wind is about 43,000 megawatts (MW), whereas for solar, it is higher than 100,000MW.
“We are seeking international investment in this vital sector to build projects that can rid Pakistan of scourge of load-shedding, which has adversely affected our economic growth,” he added.
He praised the efforts of Pakistan Engineering Council and other partner organisations for implementing this first project of its kind to reduce the load on the national grid”. Gilani pledged that potential investors will receive the governments full cooperation in this regard and urged the strategic partners and donors for their active role in renewable energy sector.