ISLAMABAD (APP) - Minister for Water and Power, Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that the government is focusing on alternative and indigenous resources to produce electricity on affordable prices. The Minister made these observations while presiding over the 17th Board meeting of the Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) held here. The Board reviewed the progress of the ongoing projects and considered various proposals to generate electricity from wind and solar projects. He asked AEDB to expedite their work and complete the wind and solar energy projects as early as possible. He asked the Board to prepare comprehensive short and long term plans to utilize all the renewable energy resources available in the country and to attract the private sector for investing in this sector. The Board approved the formation of a Policy Review Committee to review the recommendations proposed by the AEDB for mid term renewable energy policy. The committee would submit its report by September 2009. The Board also approved land for 50 MW wind power project at Gharo, Sindh. The project, being set up by M/s SUNEC would start commercial operation in 18 months time. Earlier, the meeting was informed that the AEDB has started work on 50 MW Hawks Bay Wind Farm, 50 MW Gharo Wind Farm and 50 MW Solar Thermal Power projects to be executed by the public sector. A total of 2266 homes have been electrified by Solar Homes System programme under Rural Electrification Programme in various villages of Sindh while three projects of same nature are being started in Balochistan. The minister said that the country is facing severe energy crisis and the government is taking all possible steps to meet the future energy requirements for development of the country. He asked the AEDB to submit detailed report on the projects which have been issued LOIs and have achieved financial closure.