ISLAMABAD  – An on-grid solar power generation system of 178 KW, installed at Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) has set precedence as a role model for defining procedures and strategy at the national level for on-grid solar power generation. This project is first of its kind in the country, as the excess electricity will be delivered to the national grid under Feed-In-Tariff regime.

PEC spokesperson, Mahmood Rehmani told that the project will prove an effective measure to overcome the energy shortage, emphasising on solar power, for which there is big scope with relatively less investment. “We took many initiatives in terms of energy efficiency within PEC”. Energy audit of the main building of PEC was conducted and retrofitting was undertaken by replacing heavy lighting fixtureers, using maximum day light by putting clear glass partitions and windows, Mahmood Rehmani said. Last year, PEC undertook lighting transformation. LEDs and energy efficient lights were installed to achieve lighting efficiency.

The lighting load was reduced from 46KW to only 5 KW through this initiative which saved electricity enough to light 50 houses. The government under PMISP has extended a grant of Rs. 75 million to PEC.

Under the project, PEC is installing 500 watt to 5 Kilowatt stand alone solar power systems at various engineering universities, commercial areas and religious places.

The aim of the project is to spread awareness and popularise renewable sources of energy in Pakistan. For the purpose, an exhibition and awareness campaign will also be launched throughout the country during the implementation phase.