Pakistan Parliament to completely run on sun

Pakistan Solar Power

Socio-eco structures might not have been put on the right place for Pakistan, but, some renewed news floated across media after Pakistan claims to operate its parliament with 100% solar power. Now, this makes Pakistan’s parliament to be the first of its kind in the world to rely entirely on solar power.

The initiative was announced in 2014, the project has been backed by Chinese government under the sociability of bilateral relations. The complete project is estimated to cost around £36.5 million.

The project was officially launched during Chinese president Xi Jinping’s visit last year.

Known as the Majlis-e-Shoora, the seat of the government in the country’s capital, Islamabad, now completely runs on solar innovation.

After the completion, the state-of-the-art produces 80 megawatts of electricity, 62 of which are consumed by the national assembly with the remainder going to the national grid, according to Pakistani newspaper Dawn.

Members met in the house for the first time on February 12 as it was being powered by sunshine.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to formally ‘switch on’ the program later this month.

Special secretary at the National Assembly, Munawar Abbas Shah, previously commented: “This is the first project of its kind [in a public building] in Pakistan, and later more public buildings will be converted to solar power to overcome the energy crisis.”

“The consumption of electricity in the parliament even jumps over two megawatts in summers when the house is in session.”

The move is expected to save around £689,369 ($1million) a year in bills.

Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, generates 10 per cent of its electricity from solar power.

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