Government offices to be run on solar power soon, National Assembly told
Islamabad: To reduce the burden on the power sector, the Ministry of Climate Change has proposed installation of solar panels for all federal offices and corporations.
This was said by the Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul on the National Assembly floor. She said this while responding to a question.
The Minister of State for Climate Change said that the Ministry, in consultation with the Ministry of Energy and Ministry of Science and Technology power divisions, had submitted a proposal to the Prime Minister’s Solarization Program for approval of the competent authority.
Solarization of public offices can not only meet certain share from electricity load, but has the potential to bring a huge savings and new investment in the country: Zartaj Gul
The concerned divisions, in their proposal, have informed that solarization and internal conservation of electricity of public sector buildings can bring multiple advantages, including clean and affordable energy at sustainable level and savings in electricity bills.
The new development would also help to create skilled manpower, transfer of technology in the local market, and open up avenues for new investment.
Zartaj Gul said solarization of public offices can meet certain share from electricity load, and has the potential to bring a huge savings and new investment in the country.
The state minister for climate change said Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) has also supported the concept of solarizing the public offices and has suggested the participation of the private sector in the initiative.
In the next three years, all the federal ministries may be advised to finalize proposals for solarization of their respective buildings.
Telling about the Prime Minister’s Solarization Program, Gul said that initially the Program may be launched from public buildings to show-case government’s commitment.
Accordingly, all the federal ministries may be advised to finalize proposals or solarization of their respective government buildings within a period of three months.
In the next phase, all government hospitals, schools and canals etc would be solarized.
Meanwhile, there is a plan to ask all ministries, departments, autonomous bodies, and corporations to develop their proposals to implement the solarization process in the next three years.