July 7,2022(MLN): The government of Pakistan is keen to announce a comprehensive National Solar Policy on August 1 to provide cheap and environmental-friendly electricity to the general public.
A high-level meeting of the energy task force Chaired by PM Shehbaz Sharif focusing on the problems of energy shortage in the country came up with numerous projects to counter the energy crisis.
The implementation of the National Solar Policy will be subject to approval by the Council of Common Interests.
The chief secretaries of four provinces joined the meeting through a video link, along with Federal Minister for Energy Engineer Khurram Dastagir, Finance Minister Miftah Ismail, Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal, and Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb, Petroleum Minister Mussadik Malik and the officials concerned.
PM Shahbaz Sharif stressed his concerns on the task force to get feedback and views at the provincial level on the projects of alternative energy generation.
Moreover, PM Shehbaz Sharif has aimed to power the Prime Minister’s Office and the PM House with solar energy within one month.
He further added that his government is committed in making the country self-reliant in energy generation.
Seeing the world switching towards solar and green energy which will result in distribution losses, power theft, and circular debt.
This is going to help the common man having some relief from the energy crisis said, PM Shehbaz Sharif.
The meeting was informed with Various proposals and incoming projects that the government aims for and have them on the cards. Converting the fuel-based powerhouses and the 2,000 feeders of 11 kV to solar generation. Making all the possible ways to power all the government building into green energy consumption.
In the next 10 years, solar plants with 1,000 megawatts generation would be installed at the government buildings on a BOOT (Build-Own-Operate-Transfer) basis.
The meeting also discussed the proposals for B2B (business-to-business) and mini solar grids.
The plan to convert 30,000 tube wells in Balochistan to solar power was under consideration with a cost of Rs300 billion.
With the facility of net metering the government planned a proposal to provide solar plants to individuals.
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