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PM for solar power in far-flung villages

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday directed the Ministry of Finance and the Water and Power Ministry to provide solar electricity to far-flung areas especially villages, located away from the national grid.Chairing a meeting to review the Renewable Energy Development Projects here at the PM House, the Prime Minister also directed that off-grid applications like solar water heater, biogas and water pumping be implemented through renewable resources.The Prime Minister said such application would result in significant saving of gas, electricity and would also provide organic fertilizers to the farmers. He said the government has initiated a number of projects in the power sector to overcome the energy shortage in the country.Gilani said apart from hydel power generation, the country possessed enormous potential of power generation through other renewable energy resources of wind, solar, geo-thermal and biofuel energy.He said the wind energy could produce …

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