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New National Solar Energy Policy to spread solar on massive scale

The federal government has planned to introduce solar energy policy that aims to curtail energy crisis.

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The national solar energy policy will be announced on August 1st, after the approval of the Council of Common Interests (CCI), according to a meeting of the energy task group.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif presided over a meeting of the energy task group that was briefed on the actions being taken to promote solar energy. Renewable solar energy is a low-cost, ecologically friendly option for generating electricity that can assist the country deal with issues such as distribution losses, power theft, and circle debt.

Because solar power will not only save money but also decrease the burden on Pakistanis, he said he was introducing Pakistan’s first comprehensive solar energy policy, which would be executed in conjunction with provinces.

The meeting was informed that a proposal to convert fuel-powered powerhouses throughout the country to solar energy is under discussion, as well as another proposal for the generation of solar energy on 2,000 feeders of 11kV, the meeting was further informed.

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In addition, the idea to convert all of the country’s federal buildings to solar energy was thoroughly examined at the meeting. Government buildings will be outfitted with solar power plants up to 1,000 megawatts by 2020, according to information presented at a meeting. These plants will be installed under the BOOT model (build, own, operate, transfer). Mini solar grids and business-to-business solar wheels were also considered.

To this end, a government-funded project to solarize Balochistan’s tube wells is being considered, which would result in the conversion of 30,000 of the province’s tube wells to solar energy. This information was also shared at the meeting. Rs300 billion will be spent on the undertaking.

There was also a discussion on providing citizens with solar power generation plants, including net metering, at the meeting. Proposals for alternative energy projects should be shared with all provinces to ensure collaboration among provinces, the country’s prime minister said.

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