Under the Clean and Green Pakistan programme, educational institutions including Islamia University of Bahawalpur (IUB) are being shifted to solar energy on the direction of the Punjab government, stated IUB Vice Chancellor Dr Athar Mahboob.
“The IUB is also at the forefront of this mission of national service.” According to the IUB VC, installation of 5,624 solar panels on an area of 11 acres in the university was in its early stages.
He further said it would also provide supply to the national grid system. The pilot project would generate electricity at a very low rate of Rs1.7 per unit. This would save the university expenditure about Rs70 million annually, the vice chancellor added.
The 2.5 MW power project would be completed before March 31, he stated. He explained that specialty of this project was that the efforts of the university students were being utilised in its construction.
The energy project, which would be completed in a short span of eight months, would generate four million units of electricity annually, he highlighted.
Academic and social circles had appreciated the installation of this solar power plant and said that the efforts of the Islamia University of Bahawalpur in teaching process or providing research opportunities, social improvement or promotion of knowledge economy, were commendable.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 12th, 2021.