CM attends ceremony of Setting up 100-Megawatt Solar Project in Layyah
A ceremony was held at CM Office to sign an agreement between Punjab Power Development Board of Energy Department, Alternate Energy Development Board and Zhenfa Pakistan New Energy Company for setting up the 100-megawatt solar project in Chaubara area of Layyah district with an investment of Rs 10 billion.
This project will generate electricity at a minimum tariff of 3.7 cents. Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar and Federal Energy Minister Umer Ayub Khan were the chief guests. MD PPDB, CEO AEDB and CEO of Zhenfa Pakistan New Energy Company signed the letter of support.
Addressing the ceremony, the CM stated the energy needs of Punjab is greater than other provinces due to the size of its population and developing economy adding that provincial government is committed to fulfilling energy needs from its resources. Around 70 per cent of total electricity product is used in Punjab and the province pays 82 per cent revenue of the national income generated from the electricity sector, he said.
The PTI government working for cheap electricity generation as the past government set up expensive energy projects which burdened the masses, he added. He announced that government offices will be converted to solar energy in phases adding that conversion of 950 BHUs to solar energy is in progress. Punjab Energy Efficiency and Conservation Agency providing technical advice to government institutions and energy conservation building codes have also compiled which will help in saving money, he stated.
He disclosed that proposal reviewed to transfer industrial estates, WASAs and orange line train type projects on alternate energy. Government is facilitating the investors as ample investment opportunities are available in the energy sector, he added. A mechanism has devised to ensure implementation of energy projects in the minimum of time, he further said.
The CM stated that 17.30 crore unit electricity will provided to the national grid through this project to fulfil the needs of around 17 thousand families. Meanwhile, the waste-to-energy project also studied by the Punjab government, the CM concluded.
Federal Minister Umer Ayub Khan stated that solar project agreement signed with minimum tariff. For which CM Usman Buzdar and his team deserve accolades. Past governments set up expensive energy projects and poor planning done in the past. But the incumbent government is generating electricity through cheap resources.
Net metering will be brought to single-phase as transmission lines have been improved. Which have the capability to supply 24000-megawatt electricity. Separate tariff for WASAs also reviewed, he added. Specifically, Energy Minister Akhtar Malik said that most expensive solar projects set up. In the past tenure and public money mercilessly wasted.
Furthermore, eight thousand schools have converted to solar energy and the target of converting 15 thousand schools. However, to solar energy will achieved. ACS (Energy) Irum Bukhari said that Usman Buzdar provided full cooperation at every occasion. And added that it an important project of providing cheap electricity. Moreover, Tariff of the 100-megawatt project is 3.7 cent. Furthermore, information Minister Fayyaz ul Hassan Chohan, assembly members Ghazeen Abbasi. Sadia Sohail, advisor Dr Salman Shah and energy experts attended the meeting. – PUNA