10 million using solar power, NA told

Posted on June 21, 2011. Filed under: Alternative, Energy crisis, Pakistan, Solar |

ISLAMABAD, June 18: Federal Minister for Water and Power Syed Naveed Qamar informed the National Assembly on Saturday that the number of people consuming solar energy in the country had increased to 10 million, adding that recently 4,500 houses in Dalbandin (Balochistan) and Tharparker (Sindh) had been energised with solar power.

Answering a calling-attention notice raised by Syed Zafar Ali Shah, Bushra Gohar, Jamila Gilani and other members about non-supply of solar power for domestic use, he said it was an incorrect impression that the government was not paying attention to the solar energy option.The country had great potential for solar energy generation, he added.

The minister assured the house that the private sector would be encouraged for promotion of solar energy. “We will also encourage import of solar panels.” The minister said the Alternative Energy Development Board planned to provide solar panels to 1,500 houses initially, adding the government would support any step proposed by parliamentarians desiring to utilise his/her funds for supplying solar energy to people.

He said some NGOs had energised 485 houses in Fata and another 2,000 in AJK so far. At present solar panels in the country were being manufactured on a small scale, he added.

Speaker Fehmida Mirza observed that electricity could be saved by switching small villages and street lights over to solar energy.—APP


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