Around 500 villages to be illuminated with solar energy

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ISLAMABAD: More than 500 villages will be initially electrified though promotion of clean and renewable solar energy through photovoltaic process.

Pakistan Council of Renewable Energy technologies (PCRET) Director General Khalid Islam said this in a briefing at the inauguration ceremony of production of high quality solar panel at PCRET.

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Mir Changez Khan Jamali, chief guest at the inaugural ceremony of the solar panel production project, addressing on the occasion, said social and political struggle for economic development could not be fully realised without active support and cooperation of research and development organisations. He said leadership at all levels had to enhance and promote science and technology (S&T) in a tangible shape. “Incumbent government is fully aware of the need and necessity of development of S&T infrastructure, strengthening of the research and development institutions and raising the educational standards.”

Speaking on the occasion, Ministry of S&T Additional Secretary Najeeb Khawar Awan said it is heartening to learn that PCRET has already taken a start on some serious programmes regarding the development and use of renewable energy technologies including solar energy, wind mills, bio gas and thermal solar devices.

“New energy policy of the government also envisages the harnessing of this new and clean source of energy to support conventional methods.” The basic objective of this project is upgradation of silicon crystal growing and wafering, cell fabrication and lamination facilities It will enhance the indigenous production of solar cells and modules up to 80 kW per annum along with promotion of clean and renewable solar energy through photovoltaic process. Photovoltaic is a clean and environment-friendly technology that converts the sun’s energy directly into electric power. The PCRET DG said during last five years, the photovoltaic sector had seen a growth rate of about 50 percent per year. There was now awakening realisation in Pakistan about the importance of the use of photovoltaic, for providing electric power to the people living in far-flung areas to improve their socio economic conditions.


Courtesy:   Daily Times

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