BERLIN- Chief executive of the German Solar Energy Society,

Dr. Uwe Hartmann called on the Federal minister for Kashmir Affairs and

Gilgit-Baltistan, Muhammad Barjees Tahir today.

He briefed the minister about various activities of the society being

undertaken by it to promote new sustainable energy conversion techniques and

energy-saving technologies.

He said that the major aspect of society's work was education and spreading

information about renewable energies.

Federal Minister said that Pakistan had been facing acute shortage of

electricity and it had hampered the economic development badly. The Federal

government is striving hard to overcome this energy crisis and is also

trying to maintain a balanced energy mix to keep the average price of

electricity per unit as low as possible, he added. The

minister informed about various alternative energy projects including wind

and solar, which were being installed in the country.

It was agreed in the meeting that the German Solar Energy Society would

consider the possibility of setting up a Solar School in Pakistan to impart

training in developing, planning, dimensioning, installing, and

commissioning solar systems as well disseminate technical know how about the

alternative sources of energy. As a first step forward, the experts of the

society will train the trainers in the fields of photovoltaic, solar thermal

applications and energy efficiency.