PM chairs energy task force meeting, proposes to shift powerhouses to solar energy

A meeting of the Energy Task Force chaired by the Prime Minister was held at Powerhouses on Solar Energy.

ISLAMABAD (Daily Pakistan Online): A meeting of the Energy Task Force chaired by the Prime Minister was held in which the proposal to convert fuel-powered powerhouses to solar energy was also considered.

An important meeting of the Energy Task Force was held under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister. Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that provision of affordable and environmentally friendly electricity to the people is the top priority of the government.

It was informed in the meeting that the Prime Minister’s House and the Prime Minister’s Office would be shifted to solar energy on an emergency basis within a month, the implementation of the policy would be subject to the approval of the Council of Common Interests.

The Prime Minister said that solar energy is a clean, cheap and environmentally friendly source of electricity generation, the use of solar energy will not cause problems such as distribution losses, electricity theft and revolving credit, generated from solar energy. Electricity will be cheaper and the burden of inflation on the people will be less.

Shahbaz Sharif said that we are bringing forward the first comprehensive solar energy policy of Pakistan, this policy will be implemented in consultation with the provinces, the government is trying to make the country self-sufficient in the energy sector.

The meeting was given a detailed briefing on the steps being taken for the promotion of solar energy in the country. The meeting was informed that a proposal to convert fuel-powered powerhouses in the country to solar energy is under consideration. A proposal to generate solar energy on 2000 feeders of 11 KV is also under consideration. A detailed review was made in the meeting regarding the transfer proposal.

The meeting was informed that in the next 10 years, solar power plants of up to 1000 MW will be installed on government buildings. Solarization of tube wells will also be done in the country. In this regard, government funded tube wells in Balochistan. A plan to relocate 30,000 tube wells in the province to solar energy is under consideration. The project will cost Rs 300 billion.

The meeting was further informed that consideration was being given to provide solar power generation plants to the citizens, including net metering facility.

Appreciating the suggestions of the Solar Energy Task Force, the Prime Minister directed that all the provinces be apprised of these proposals and their views be sought and ensure that there is coordination among the provinces in all alternative energy projects. It was decided that the National Solar Energy Policy would be announced on August 1, but its implementation would be subject to the approval of the Council of Common Interests. The meeting also decided that the buildings of the Prime Minister’s House and the Prime Minister’s Office would be converted to solar energy on an emergency basis. Orders have been issued to the concerned authorities in this regard.

The meeting was attended by Federal Minister for Energy Engineer Khurram Dastgir, Federal Minister for Finance Muftah Ismail, Federal Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Maryam Aurangzeb, Minister of State for Petroleum Musaddiq Malik and concerned senior officials. The chief secretaries of the four provinces attended the meeting via video link.

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