US delegation visits 1MW Solar Power Project of Parliament House

Staff Reporter

Islamabad—United States (US) delegation led by Assistant Commercial Attach’e of Cultural exchange, US Embassy in Islamabad, in collaboration with the Pakistan-US Alumni Network (PUAN), and the United States Educational Foundationin Pakistan (USEFP) on Monday visited the Parliament House experiencing Solar Energy best practice in shape of 1 MW Solar Power Project of the Parliament House.
The US Mission in Pakistan in collaboration with the Pakistan-U.S. Alumni Network (PUAN), and the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) organized an International conference Climate Change Conference “Changing Minds for Climate Change” from November 11 to 14, 2016 in Islamabad.
This event has brought together approximately 250 professionals, key players and alumni of U.S government sponsored exchange program from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Tajikistan, China and Afghanistan. The purpose of their visit of the Parliament House is to introduce the participants from around the country who have not seen this sort of facilities at their country and region.
Project Manager Shahid Shoukat highlighted the core values of the vision of the Speaker; sustainability, responsibility, communication, integrity and respect while starting his presentation. The introduction of the solar energy and journey to have been this best practice after conducting a complete energy audit of the Parliament House to implement the vision of Speaker National Assembly (NA) as he was concerned about excessive electricity consumption and excessive maintenance cost was also shared with the participants.
The audit quickly enabled to identified the substantial opportunities for energy saving and these efforts ultimately led to the Parliament House to have been independent Green project of 1 MW Solar Power project by acquiring the first net metering license in Pakistan. Participants were also informed that solar project of Parliament House is environmentally friendly as it has contributed to reduce the emissions of hazardous gases (CO2, SO2, Dust and Carbon) drastically and who solar energy prevent to get effected the environment by the pollutant produce by the other energy sources like fossils fuels.
Shahid Shoukat also shared the efforts of the Parliament House in taking this first step and emphasized on the important role of solar energy in resolving the energy crises in the countries/region by sharing the solar potential in the respective regions.
After detailed presentation, the participants also visited the site of Solar Energy project installed at parking area of Parliament House. A certificate was also presented by the U.S Embassy in Islamabad to the Parliament of the Parliament.

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