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Solar power generation can help check energy crisis

Faisal Kamal Pasha 

Giving long hours of electricity loadshedding and highest rates of electricity in the history of the country so far, people are feeling that the time has come to switch over to alternative energy solutions, especially solar energy.

This was the crux of the talk between this scribe and a number of people, however, the only worry they had in switching over to the alternative power source was the cost of solar panels.

At the moment, the cost of installing a solar power generating system is too high as solar panels are beyond the reach of the general public. People, while talking to this correspondent, said that the government should give subsidy on purchase of solar panels for domestic use. Nadeem Abdullah said that he almost fainted when he saw his electricity bill for the month of May. “With no air-conditioner at home, I received a bill of little less than Rs5,000 for using three to four fans and as many energy saver bulbs despite long hours of loadshedding. The rate of electricity units over 300 has been Rs12.33 which is a dacoity in broad daylight.” He said that he was quite interested in installing a solar power generation system in his house, but when he checked prices, it was beyond his reach.

Muhammad Akhtar, another resident, said that the government was unable to provide electricity to the general public and for the limited hours of power supply they receive highly-inflated bills. The government should let people install solar power generation system at discounted rates. “Looking at the cost of installing a solar power generator, it seems that the government doesn’t want ordinary souls to get out of the ruthless clutches of the power sector,” he added.

Muhammad Naseem said that the common man would be very happy to install a system that would be producing free electricity and it would also give a relief to the government sector. At the moment, some private companies are providing solar power solutions to the general public, but these systems are beyond the buying capacity of ordinary persons. Some companies operating in the twin cities have been providing solar power generation system for Rs30,000 for two tubelights and two fans.

Talking to this correspondent, the representative of a company, wishing not to be named, said that they could install a system that would generate power for all home appliances and it would cost around Rs800,000 because solar panels were quite expensive.

Muhammad Mushtaq, a resident of Rawalpindi, said that the government should shift all electricity consumption for domestic purposes to the solar system and utilise its other energy resources for industrial units. The industry would flourish immensely and ordinary people would get relief.

Nearly all people this scribe talked to were very much convinced that both the government and scientists should work together to eliminate the menace of power crisis by turning to the solar power generation system, which was more feasible.

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