Shahbaz Sharif lauded for focusing on alternative energy – Govt asked to move solar energy up the national agenda

Lahore, January 27, 2015 (PPI-OT): Decision of the Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to convert government schools to solar energy under the off-grid solar solution programme will go a long way in resolving energy crisis, a business leader said Tuesday.

The decision of the chief minister to convert more than 4,000 primary schools of rural areas in Punjab to solar energy in the first phase and a programme reflects his thinking about alternative sources of energy which is heartening, said Mian Shahid, CEO of United International Group (UIG).

In a statement issued here today, he said that solar panels would ensure uninterrupted supply of electricity to primary schools which will have a very positive impact on the students. He said that all of the educational institutions must be converted to solar power and it should be made cheaper for the middle and low-income families to relieve masses reeling under acute energy crisis.

Mian Shahid said that majority of the rooftops in Pakistan are suitable for generating solar power, a blessing many countries can hope for. Many areas receive on average a very high amount bright sunlight which gives solar power the potential to bring energy to virtually any location without the need for expensive large scale grid level infrastructural developments.

Around one hundred and fifty thousand homes and building were converted on solar energy in the US in 2014, China has 33.4 giga watts of solar capacity installed, India has India has 3.3 giga watts of capacity and it plans to invest 160 billion dollars in the sector with the help of US while situation in Pakistan is very different.

Asking Government to move solar energy up the national agenda, he said that we should race to find ways to feed our spiralling energy needs without adding to greenhouse gas emissions. Increased focus on solar power will also reduce fossil-fuel pollution, he said.

For more information, contact:
Amir Jaweed
PRO
United International Group
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