DECISION TO SHIFT 15000 SCHOOLS & 700 BASIC HEALTH CENTERS IN PUNJAB TO SOLAR SYSTEM
Lahore, February 05:
Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif here today chaired a meeting to review progress on programme to spread the use of solar energy in the province with the cooperation of 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. While addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said that as per the Asian Development Bank and AFD Bank of France programme 15 thousand schools in the province will be converted to solar energy and the Punjab government is already committed as per its programme to shift schools in the province to solar energy. With the cooperation of Asian Development Bank and AFD Bank of France, 700 basic health centers and University of Bahawalpur will also be converted to solar energy. The programme will be expanded in a phased manner, he added. With reference to implementation of the programme, the Chief Minister also gave instructions to constitute a steering committee which will be headed by the Chief Minister himself. A lot of time has already been wasted therefore, there is need to fast spread the use of solar energy programme, he added. The Chief Minister said that we need to take initiatives to increase the productivity of our energy department on priority basis. The Chief Minister said that the Punjab government is pursuing a comprehensive programme to make use of energy from the sun. The 100 MW solar power plant installed with our own resources is adding energy in the national grid. An agreement has also been signed with the renowned Turkish company Zorlu Energi and this company is installing the 100 MW solar power plant in Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park Bahawalpur which will be completed in 6 months. The Chief Minister said that the Turkish company has 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 will talk to the representatives of the Turkish company soon. Chairman Planning and Development, Secretary Higher Education, Secretary School Education, Secretary Health, Secretary Finance, Secretary Energy and other relevant authorities also attended the meeting.