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Workshop on Institutional Collaboration for Indigenous Production

“We need a strategy to pool our resources and expertise available with public sector organizations to initiate local production of solar lighting and electricity generation system. This will help boosting the national efforts to overcome power shortage”. This was stated by Dr Abdul Kadir Khanzada, Chairman, National Assembly Standing Committee on Science and Technology during a workshop on Institutional Collaboration for Indigenous Production in Renewable Energy Sector.

Dr Khanzada appreciated the launching of Alternative Energy Resource Portal by Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) and considered it as a useful source of information for individuals and organizations interested to convert their homes and offices on alternative energy especially solar. He asked the renewable energy organizations to provide report of their capacity and resources to the Ministry of Science & Technology within one week. He suggested presenting such reports to the Energy Think Tank Committee of PEC to develop concrete recommendations, for indigenous production of solar products, which will be sent to the Prime Minister for approval.

      

Secretary Ministry of Science & Technology, Mr Irfan Nadeem expressed that an integrated holistic approach would help arriving at a workable strategy and practical roadmap to take up indigenous production of solar lighting and power generation system.

Engr Rukhsana Zuberi, Chairperson PEC stated that renewable sector has enormous business and employment potential for investors as well as individuals. Introducing Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) and promoting on-grid solar electricity generation will make energy everybody’s business, she added. Renewable energy is popular in countries where FIT existed and enabling policies such as tax benefits are implemented, Engr Zuberi said. She informed that the countries having fabulous growth in renewable energy production are the one having a guarantee to purchase electricity from utility companies with FIT, e.g. Germany, UK and Spain. FIT supports the market development of renewable energy technologies and put legal obligation on utilities to purchase electricity. It resulted in increase of 50% of wind, 75% of solar and 90% of farm biogas production worldwide. FIT are to be announced by NEPRA, PEC and IESCO are closely working on it. Feed In Tariff is need of the day, we should encourage people to put solar panels at rooftop of houses, connect them to the grid, make profit by selling electricity as well as reduce energy bills, she added. Engr. Zuberi informed the participants that Pakistan Engineering Council has pioneered the first on-grid solar system which will pave the way to channelize private money into energy sector.

The National Assembly Standing Committee on Science and Technology convened a meeting of all stakeholder organizations in second week of this month to review the state and capacity of manufacturing of solar power system in the country. As an outcome of the meeting, a need was felt to evolve a holistic approach to harness solar power with indigenous resources for which this workshop was organized by MoST and PEC at Islamabad. The workshop was aimed at evolving strategy for pooling available resources and expertise available with various organizations. The objective is to realize efficient and expeditious utilization of Renewable Energy Resources, initially solar power, by public as well as private sector.

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