Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif said on Sunday that the Punjab government was pursuing a comprehensive programme to make use of energy emitted by the sun. He said this while chairing a meeting to review progress on programme to spread the use of solar energy in the province with the cooperation of THE Asian Development Bank and AFD Bank of France.
In this meeting, the Chief Minister also reviewed progress on 100-MW solar power agreement signed with renowned Turkish company Zorlu Energi.
The Chief Minister said as per the Asian Development Bank and AFD Bank of France programme 15,000 schools in the province would be converted to solar energy and the Punjab government was already committed as per its programme to shift schools in the province to solar energy. With the cooperation of the Asian Development Bank and AFD Bank of France, 700 basic health centers and University of Bahawalpur would also be converted to solar energy, he added.
For implementation of the programme, the chief minister also gave instructions to constitute a steering committee which would be headed by the chief minister himself. A lot of time had already been wasted, therefore,there was need to fast spread the use of solar energy programme, he added.
“We need to take initiatives to increase the productivity of our energy department on priority basis”, he added. The 100-MW solar power plant installed with our own resources was adding energy in the national grid, he said.
An agreement has also been signed with the renowned Turkish company Zorlu Energi and this company was installing the 100-MW solar power plant in Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park Bahawalpur which would be completed in six months, he added. The chief minister said the Turkish company had also shown a desire to install solar power plant of 200-MW more in Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park Bahawalpur and: “In this regard we would talk to representatives of the Turkish company soon”.
The chairman Planning and Development, Secretary Higher Education, Secretary School Education, Secretary Health, Secretary Finance, Secretary Energy and other relevant authorities also attended the meeting.