Pakistan is facing woes related to energy and the government is trying its best to boost energy productivity. Pakistan has now approved the use of grid connected solar energy, roof top solar installations and mortgage financing for home solar panels to boost uptake of clean energy in the country. The government has eliminated a 32.5 percent tax, imposed on imported solar panels and equipment. This will reduce the cost of installing solar panels and encourage people to use this clean energy. The approval of net-metering, which allows solar panel purchasers to sell power they produce to the national grid is a major breakthrough, that could spur use of solar energy and help cut power shortages. This initiative will help scale up demand for solar energy across Pakistan. This is a commendable initiative as it will allow solar generators to sell their excess power to the national grid. This will not only reduce their power bill but also make them a profit. Clean energy is the future and with no shortage of sunlight it suits Pakistan well.

ZAHRAH KHAN,

Lahore, January 15.