Appropriate measures being taken to promote usage of solar energy 

Engineering Post Report 

The federal government is taking appropriate measures for promoting usage of solar energy in the country in order to avert energy crisis and ensure provision of cheaper energy  both to the public and private  sectors at the earliest possible.

The federal government has already announced to shift the public buildings to  solar energy amidst persisting long energy crisis and a Task Force  on Solar Energy headed by former prime minister Shahid Khaqabn Abbasi is engaged on  developing measures and formulating feasible recommendations for increasing  the solar  energy capacity and to maximize use of  solar panels in all government premises.

According to the information available from the official sources, work on number of projects on 4000-5000 MW   was   expected to commence soon.

The Energy Development Board  is formulating  its policy document on solar panels  and allied  equipment  manufacturing and was likely to submit these to the federal government around this time. The draft policy was considered by the Board of Management of the Energy Development in June 2022 . The policy so finalized in due course of time to the federal government is likely to dovetail  with the national solar policy which was being  prepared by the Federal Ministry of Power  and the Renewable Energy  Task Force.

The industry is currently using  imported raw materials, however, in the coming years,  once local volumes are developed and build up, the industry was planning  to touse local raw materials to further bring down  production costs and thus also contribute directly and indirectly towards curtailing the country’s huge import bill.

Particularly, glass and aluminum frames for the solar panels  can easily be manufactured within the country because of the significant existence of allied industry in Pakistan. If the industry  is able to meet the local  demand for  solar panels in line with the federal government plans in this regard,  the expected volumes can also help in  bringing local manufacturing  costs hopefully  substantially to a  level  where exports can  also be generated from the sector.

Needless to mention here the country’s  electricity demand  has already reached to more than 29000 MW  against the total power generation of around 24000 MW resulting  in c creation of considerable  between power generation  and demand thus causing load-shedding for varying durations both in the rural and urban areas of the country .