Pakistan Parliament First in the World to Go Green

Thursday, October 30th, 2014 10:44:30 by
Pak Parliament Solar Panel

In the coming six months Pakistan’s parliament will hold the distinction of being the first in the world to go green, switching over to solar energy for its power needs.

The announcement was made by Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker of the National Assembly, at the ceremony held for signing the Letter of Exchange between Pakistan and China regarding the Solar Power Generation System’s (SPGS) installation.

Reportedly, a feasibility report was put together through the Economic Affairs Division (EAD) last year, and the grant from the Chinese came through for SPGS installation on the Parliament’s roof.

Rana Asad Ameen shared, “The Chinese government will install 1.1 MW SPGS at the Parliament House while the current requirement of the parliament is 1.8 MW.” 

The Chinese will be bearing the cost of the installation, and the SPGS is both environment friendly and cost-saving. After the Parliament adopts green energy, it is expected that other governmental organizations, including schools and hospitals will consider the alternate source of energy.

“Hospitals and other institutions use generators in the absence of electricity which costs Rs40 per unit but if we replace generators with SPGS, the price of one unit will be Rs15. This is why it is a good alternative for consumers,” said Dr. Musadiq Malik, the Special Assistant on Energy for the Prime Minister.

Sun Weidong, the Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan said that the SPGS was a gift from the neighbouring country, and Mr. Ishaq Dar, thanked the Chinese government for support in the project.

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