islamabad - Speaker Iyaz Sadiq in yesterday’s National Assembly session informed that solar energy was used in Friday’s proceeding of the house.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to formally ‘Switch On’ the Parliament’s Solar Programme sometime later this month.
The Speaker announced that ever since the 1MW project of ‘Solar Energy’ at the Parliament House Islamabad was opened alive, it had generated 80 MW electricity of which 62MW were consumed by the Parliament House and the rest surplus production of 18MW electricity was contributed to the National Grid. This makes Pakistan Parliament the first in the world to shift on Solar Power completely, said a press release issued from NA Speaker office.
Pakistan’s Parliament is the first in the country to have been issued a ‘Net-Metering” licenCce by NEPRA. ‘Net-Metering’ mechanism helps in delivering and adding the surplus production of energy to the National Grid. This very project is environment friendly as it reduces the emission of hazardous gases which invite global warming.
The Speaker National Assembly acknowledged the assistance of the Chinese government for financially supporting this ‘Solar Project’ of 1 MW/hr.
The speaker also thanked the fellow parliamentarians, the media and employees of Parliament for their confidence and support in boosting up the role of the Parliament of Pakistan for an ‘enlightened’ future of the country. It may also be recalled that the Solar Project was launched jointly by the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, and the Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif during the former’s visit to Pakistan last year.