QUETTA: The Balochistan government is implementing a Rs888 million Solar Energy Home Project, under which around 300 villages in parts of the province will be electrified. Provincial Finance Department sources told the APP here on Monday that nature had endowed the province with immense opportunities for generation of solar, wind and geo-thermal energy. “The provincial government has already set up the Balochistan Energy Company for promotion of renewable energy, which had duly been registered by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan,” the sources said; adding the government currently spends Rs3 billion on subsidies for around 15,600 tube wells in the provincial agriculture sector, and could hardly manage to continue paying them after exorbitant increases in the power tariff. The government also plans to convert all such tube wells to solar energy at a cost of Rs5 billion. Rs1 billion have also been set aside for the installation of wind masts along the coastal belt of the province.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 6th, 2012.
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