ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Council of Renewable Energy Technologies (PCRET) is in process of executing a project to produce solar photovoltaic panels up to 80 KW per annum.

The panels produced will be installed in remote villages and help meet the growing power needs of these areas.  Highlighting the initiatives taken to promote solar energy and Biogas during the last four years, an official at Ministry of Science and Technology on Tuesday said Solar Test Lab has been established for provision of services to test solar thermal products, batteries and invertors etc. for quality assurance of solar energy products in the country.

Research and Development has also been focussed for indigenous development of solar tube wells and solar appliances while during the period indigenously developed Solar Photovoltaic Power Units of total capacity of 313 KW have been installed for demonstration purpose to raise awareness among public and create demand for locally produced solar panels.

The official said as a result of R & D activities, third generation solar cells were also manufactured at lab scale using nano-technology while various solar energy products were developed indigenously such as high intensity low power solar lights, solar desalination units, flat plate solar collectors for water heating etc.

With regard to Biogas area, 2500 domestic scale Biogas plants were installed on cost sharing basis for demonstration purposes.

 The PCRET has further undertaken research to use different bio-wastes for biogas production for commercial purposes.  The official said  collaboration with various national, international and private organizations trainings, seminars and workshops, exchange of visits and other activities have been conducted for promotion of solar technology and biogas in the country.

Solar energy and biogas technologies are now being adopted by communities and a number of entrepreneurs have started local assembly/manufacturing of solar panels and appliances for local use.