PM set to in­au­gu­rate ‘so­lar par­lia­ment’ to­mor­row

The Pak Banker - - FRONT PAGE -

Pak­istan's par­lia­ment is set to be­come the first leg­is­la­ture in the world to func­tion on so­lar en­ergy af­ter Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif in­au­gu­rates the 1MW pro­ject to­mor­row (Tues­day). The premier will be the chief guest and for­mally in­au­gu­rate so­lar-pow­ered sys­tem be­fore the Na­tional As­sem­bly ses­sion starts on Tues­day, a se­nior of­fi­cer in the Par­lia­ment Sec­re­tar­iat said.

A spe­cial cer­e­mony has been planned with all fed­eral min­is­ters in­vited to the event. The Chi­nese am­bas­sador is also ex­pected at the cer­e­mony to open the plant funded by China. Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and PM Nawaz had launched the pro­ject on April 22, 2015. The sys­tem is cur­rently gen­er­at­ing 80MWh elec­tric­ity, of which 62MW is used by the Par­lia­ment House and the sur­plus 18MW sup­plied to the na­tional grid. The pro­ject was com­pleted in seven months at a cost of Rs280.61 mil­lion.

The so­lar-power plant will help the Par­lia­ment House save around Rs12 mil­lion in elec­tric­ity bills ev­ery year, of­fi­cials claim. The power de­mand at the leg­isla­tive house rises to 2.3MW in sum­mers due to the ad­di­tional load of air con­di­tion­ers and other cool­ing equip­ment. The so­lar elec­tri­fi­ca­tion of the par­lia­ment build­ing will save ap­prox­i­mately 2,500 tons of car­bon diox­ide per an­num with a car­bon credit of Rs3.4 mil­lion per an­num, if the pro­ject gets reg­is­tered un­der the Clean De­vel­op­ment Mech­a­nism.

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