Is country's first-ever solar powered university the beginning of solarization of Pakistan?

Sixteen other universities in Punjab are set to follow in UET’s footsteps.

The University of Engineering and Technology, located in Lahore, requires 3 MW of electricity per month. The massive amount of electricity usage comes with draining electricity bills. The payment of these bills was constantly deteriorating the institute’s budget so to reduce the burden, the university administration decided to switch to sustainable energy resources: generating electricity via solar power.

In the first phase of the switch, a solar power unit will be established in the university to produce up to 1 MW of electricity. This unit will help the university save up to Rs. 1.75 crore yearly.

Director of Research & Energy Development, Dr. Waqar Mehmood, said:

There is a significant burden on LESCO to keep electricity available for us. The transmission of electricity is also costly. Any transmission losses are also added to the electricity bill because that is the only way LESCO can recover invested money. Thus, the price of electricity is continuously on the rise. Therefore, we have decided to convert to green energy resources.

A solar power wall has been established in the UET Kala Shah Kaku campus, which generates 150 KW of electricity and helps keep the campus cool. The 600 units of electricity generated by this unit power a considerable proportion of the campus.

Sixteen other universities in Punjab are set to follow in UET’s footsteps.

It should be noted that in 2017, the mission to convert schools to solar power started under the Punjab Ujala Program. The operation is now being continued under the Naya Pakistan Solarization Scheme.

Reports state that in 3 years, 7,500 primary schools out of 15,000 will be provided with solar power plants.

The Minister for Energy Punjab, Dr. Muhammad Akhtar Malik, said:

Our target is to cater to 10 universities every month. The plan is to get the institute to sign the MOU and start the on-ground establishment. My energy department will facilitate the operation. Any money saved from this operation in the future will be invested in the education sector. We also want households to be independent and convert to solar power.

Dr. Waqar Mehmood stated:

Solar panels came to Pakistan 10 years ago, but they had severe quality issues. The low-quality panels provided in the country at the initial stage made people lose trust in this energy source.

Experts state that green energy can reduce the electricity shortage in Pakistan. The entire country will benefit from the switch as the price of electricity will go down. The added costs of generators and other expensive alternative sources of electricity generation will also be eliminated.

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  • This is a Good initiative, If Govt also Give scheme on the local Domestic Basis than it works Good and Need of Energy from National grid is also Decrease.

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