Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Punjab and Sindh Governments Announces Solar Panel Plans for Public

The Punjab and Sindh governments have unveiled ambitious plans to make solar panels accessible to the public, catering to different needs and demographics.

Sindh's initiative, in collaboration with the World Bank, offers complete solar systems to households at a remarkably low price of Rs7,000. Aimed at providing essential lighting and ventilation, the scheme targets 200,000 households across the province, with Karachi alone set to benefit from 50,000 systems. With each unit capable of powering a fan and three LED bulbs, this endeavor seeks to enhance energy access for communities while minimizing costs.

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The distribution effort spans all districts of Sindh, with 6,656 solar systems earmarked for each region, set to kick off in October following procurement completion. Funded by a $32 million allocation from the World Bank, the project hints at potential future expansions, building on Sindh's existing 400MW solar energy generation capacity.

Meanwhile, the Punjab government's initiative takes a different approach, offering free solar systems to 50,000 households in the province. Fully funded by the provincial government, this Rs10 billion endeavor targets low-consumption households, covering all expenses from system costs to installation.

Under the scheme, households using up to 100 units of electricity per month qualify for the free solar systems, aiming to alleviate electricity costs for economically vulnerable segments. With both provinces leveraging solar power as a viable energy solution.

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Zubair Yaqoob
Zubair Yaqoob
Zubair Yaqoob is a senior anchor, and an investigative journalist with an impressive 37 years of experience. Zubair's journalistic journey has been marked by a relentless pursuit of truth and a commitment to delivering impactful stories.Zubair's expertise extends beyond borders, reaching as far as Malaysia, where he has left an indelible mark on the international journalism landscape. His global perspective and keen analytical skills have allowed him to navigate diverse cultural landscapes, bringing a unique and enriching perspective to his reporting.Whether he's in the studio or on the field, Zubair continues to be a driving force in the world of journalism, bridging gaps, fostering understanding, and unraveling the stories that matter most. As the Headline PK Author, Zubair remains at the forefront of news, guiding audiences through the complexities of our ever-evolving world.
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