PM Nawaz inaugurates world's first solar Parliament

Solar-power plant will help Parliament House save around Rs12 million in electricity bills every year

News Desk February 23, 2016
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif along with the chairman of Senate and Chinese ambassador at the inauguration ceremony of solar plant at Parliament House on February 23, 2016. PHOTO: PID

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday inaugurated the world's first ever solar-powered Parliament House.

"I appreciate the initiatives of National Assembly speaker and Senate chairman for making the country's parliament the first in the world to be run entirely on solar power," the premier said while addressing the inauguration ceremony.

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"It is encouraging to note that the Parliament's solar plant will not only meet its own energy requirements but the additional electricity will contribute to the national grid," he added.


The premier assured that the shortage of electricity has always been a problem for Pakistan but the government is gradually trying to resolve it.

Lauding China's efforts, PM Nawaz stated that this solar power system, along with China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is proof of friendship between the two countries. "Not only Pakistan, but China as well as the entire region will benefit from CPEC," the premier reiterated.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and PM Nawaz launched the project on April 22, 2015.

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The system is currently generating 80MWh electricity, of which 62MW is used by the Parliament House and the surplus 18MW supplied to the national grid. The project was completed in seven months at a cost of Rs280.61 million.

The solar-power plant will help the Parliament House save around Rs12 million in electricity bills every year, officials claim. The power demand at the legislative house rises to 2.3MW in summers due to the additional load of air conditioners and other cooling equipment.


Sajjad Ashraf | 7 years ago | Reply Pakistan would be happier place if the parliament was functioning for the purpose it exists. Sadly, it is largely a group of extortionists, opportunitists of which Mr. Sharif is the chief. Wish he understood the meaning of parliamentary democracy. Pakistan is an oligarchy headed by the Sharifs.
Dash | 7 years ago | Reply Now lets see how long it works!!!
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