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Shahbaz approves 100MW solar energy project

The Punjab Energy Council, in the first phase, has given approval to a 100megawatt solar energy project at the Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park. Besides solar energy, due attention will also be given to hydel power projects and a special committee set up for the purpose would present a comprehensive report in the next meeting.

The projects will start generation from the beginning of the next year. A strategy is being adopted to gradually switch agriculture tube-wells to biogas and for the purpose subsidy will be given to farmers. This programme will save diesel of billions of rupees. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif presided over the meeting of the Punjab Energy Council which approved the projects.

Provincial Ministers Sher Ali Khan, Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman, Dr. Farrukh Javed, Members Provincial Assembly, Chief Secretary, Chairman Planning and Development, secretaries of concerned departments and senior officers were also present.

Addressing the meeting, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that solution to energy crisis was a big challenge which the government had accepted and was attaching top priority to overcome the problem. He said, “It is a fact that electricity is essential for development and prosperity of a country. Besides traditional methods, due attention is also being paid to generation of energy through alternative resources and in addition to setting up a separate Energy Department for early implementation of energy projects, an Energy Council has also been established for this purpose,” he added. He said that two solar parks were being set up at Lal Sohanra and Din Garh in Bahawalpur and the foundation stone of Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park Lal Sohanra would soon be laid and initially two projects of 50 megawatt each would start generation in the first quarter of the next year.

He said planning had also been made for the supply of electricity from the Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park to the national grid. “The government is also concentrating on hydel power projects, as there are vast opportunities of generation of hydel power in the province,” he added

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