The national solar energy policy will be announced on August 1, after approval by the Common Interests Council (CCI), according to an energy task force meeting.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif chaired a meeting of the energy working group which was briefed on steps taken to promote solar energy. Renewable solar energy is an inexpensive and environmentally friendly option for generating electricity that can help the country deal with issues such as distribution losses, electricity theft and circle debt.
Because solar power will not only save money but also reduce the burden of Pakistanis, he said he is presenting Pakistan’s first comprehensive solar power policy, which will be executed in collaboration with the provinces.
Floating solar would cost around 33% more than conventional terrestrial solar. Literally no reason to. It looks like another vanity project. https://t.co/CZKuHe9Akf
— Ammar Khan (@rogueonomist) July 7, 2022
The meeting was informed that a proposal to convert fuel-fired power stations nationwide to solar power is being discussed, along with another proposal for solar power generation on 2,000 starts from 11 kV, the meeting was further informed.
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Additionally, the idea of converting all federal buildings nationwide to solar power was thoroughly discussed at the meeting. Government buildings will be equipped with solar power plants of up to 1,000 megawatts by 2020, according to information presented at a meeting. These plants will be installed according to the BOOT model (build, own, operate, transfer). Solar mini-grids and B2B solar wheels have also been considered.
To this end, a government-funded project to solarize tubewells in Balochistan is under consideration, which would see 30,000 tubewells in the province converted to solar power. This information was also shared at the meeting. 300 billion rupees will be spent on the venture.
There was also a discussion on providing citizens with solar power generation plants, including net metering, at the meeting. Alternative energy project proposals should be shared with all provinces to ensure inter-provincial collaboration, the country’s prime minister said.
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