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Around 500 villages to be illuminated with solar energy

More than 500 villages will be initially electrified though promotion of clean and renewable solar energy through photovoltaic process. Director General Pakistan Council of Renewable Energy Technologies (PCRET) Khalid Islam said this in his briefing at a inauguration ceremony of production of high quality solar panel at (PCRET). Federal Minister for Science and Technology Mir Changez Khan Jamali who was the chief guest at the Inaugural ceremony of the solar panel production project, addressing on the occasion, said social and political struggle for economic development cannot be fully realized without active support and cooperation of research and development organizations.

He said leadership at all levels have to enhance and promote science and technology (S & T) in 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,” he added.

Additional Secretary Ministry of S & T Najeeb Khawar Awan said it is heartening to learn that PCRET has already taken some serious programs 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 up gradation 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 anum along with promotion of clean and renewable solar energy through photovoltaic process.

Photovoltaic (PV) is a clean and environment friendly technology that converts the sun energy directly into electric power.DG PCRET said during last five years, the PV sector has seen a growth rate of about 50% per year.

There is now awakening realization in Pakistan about the importance of the use of PV, for providing electric power to the people living in far flung area to improve their socio-economic conditions.

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