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UCP goes green: University installs largest solar power generation system

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In the face of depleting fuel reserves and the ever climbing oil prices coupled with the age-old load shedding dilemma, not to mention the ever deteriorating climate conditions, Pakistani business community and far-sighted individuals are now turning to renewable energy, which is without a doubt the need of the hour.

The most recent notable to have joined the green club is University of Central Punjab (UCP) Lahore, one the leading universities in the provincial capital.  For self-consumption and to put an end to energy guzzling, UCP Lahore installed one of Pakistan’s largest Grid-Tied Solar Power Plant in the education sector, making a record.

With the said installation, completed and commissioned in a record period of three months, UCP shall be experiencing a production of 710 MegaWatt Hours per annum consequently reducing the carbon emission by 392 tons every year. It is also expected that the sophisticated technology including five bus bar solar modules, galvanized iron structure and Italian string inverters shall entitle UCP to a clean, reliable and resilient energy system.

Eminent personalities from energy and various departments at the discussion highlighted the significance and potential of Renewable Energy Resources in general and Solar in particular. A “Symbolic Walk” was also organized in favor of the Green Initiative. 

The ceremony was attended by eminent personalities including the Punjab government’s Deputy Secretary of Energy Ashar Abbas Zaidi, Chief Engineer (Power) Iftikhar Randhawa, Director International School of Choueifat Margo Abdul Aziz, Lahore Garrison University Vice-Chancellor Lt Gen Obaid Bin Zakriya, Premier Energy Country Head Daniyal Siddiqui and MD & CEO ABB Power & Automation (Pvt) LTD Najeeb Ahmed.

A new chapter of collaboration with the Premier Energy was also organized in the form of a memorandum of understanding between the two parties, which could mean more clean energy initiatives for Punjab Group of Colleges, one of the largest education networks in Paksitan. Pro-Rector UCP, Prof Dr. Muhammad Zafarullah formally inaugurated the 0.5 MW Grid-Tied Solar Power Plant at the University of Central Punjab. The formal inauguration and ribbon cutting ceremony was followed by an informative panel discussion.

Read more: Government plans to cut down Solar battery prices to save environment

The cost-effectiveness and energy efficiency associated with the installation, without a doubt is immense. And the aforementioned initiative takes Punjab Group of Colleges, one step closer to becoming Pakistan’s largest chain of Green Energy based educational Institutes.

Eminent personalities from energy and various departments at the discussion highlighted the significance and potential of Renewable Energy Resources in general and Solar in particular. A “Symbolic Walk” was also organized in favor of the Green Initiative.

The initiative of installing 0.5 MW Grid-Tied Solar Power Plant was praised by various dignitaries of the country including politicians and individuals from the business community. The installation has brought UCP in the list of Green League Universities, UK


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