PM Shehbaz Sharif chaired a meeting of the Energy Task Force in which measures were discussed to launch solar energy projects in the country.
PM Shehbaz said that such efforts are being undertaken to make electricity cheaper and lessen the burden of inflation on the people.
During the meeting, it was decided that the National Solar Energy Policy would be announced on August 1. However, its implementation would be subject to the approval of the Council of Common Interests.
The meeting decided that the Prime Minister’s House and the Prime Minister’s Office would be converted to solar energy within a month.
The premier said providing cheap and environmentally friendly electricity was the government’s top priority.
Highlighting the benefits of solar energy, he said that it was a source of producing clean and environment-friendly power. He said the use of solar energy would help to solve problems such as distribution losses, power theft and circular debt.
The meeting was given a detailed briefing on the steps being taken for promoting solar energy in the country. The meeting was informed that a proposal to convert fuel-powered powerhouses to solar energy was under consideration.
The meeting was further informed that a proposal for generating solar energy from 2,000 feeders of 11KV was also under consideration.
The meeting was apprised solar power plants with a capacity of 1,000MW would be installed at government buildings in the next 10 years on a “build, own, operate and transfer” basis.
The meeting was further informed that solarisation of tube wells would also be done in the country. In this regard, a project was under consideration to switch tube wells in Balochistan to solar energy.
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