PM in­au­gu­rates world's first so­lar Par­lia­ment

The Pak Banker - - FRONT PAGE - Staff Reporter

Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif on Tues­day in­au­gu­rated the world's first ever so­lar-pow­ered Par­lia­ment House. "I ap­pre­ci­ate the ini­tia­tives of Na­tional As­sem­bly speaker and Se­nate chair­man for mak­ing the coun­try's par­lia­ment the first in the world to be run en­tirely on so­lar power," the premier said while ad­dress­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony. "It is en­cour­ag­ing to note that the Par­lia­ment's so­lar plant will not only meet its own en­ergy re­quire­ments but the ad­di­tional elec­tric­ity will con­trib­ute to the na­tional grid," he added.

The premier as­sured that the short­age of elec­tric­ity has al­ways been a prob­lem for Pak­istan but the govern­ment is grad­u­ally try­ing to re­solve it. Laud­ing China's ef­forts, PM Nawaz stated that this so­lar power sys­tem, along with Chi­naPak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor (CPEC) is proof of friend­ship be­tween the two coun­tries. "Not only Pak­istan, but China as well as the en­tire re­gion will ben­e­fit from CPEC," the premier re­it­er­ated.

Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and PM Nawaz 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 mil- lion. 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.

PM Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif along with Chair­man Se­nate, Speaker Na­tional As­sem­bly and Chi­nese Am­bas­sador switched-on the So­lar Plant at Par­lia­ment House.

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