LAHORE, Dec 03 (APP): Promotion of solar energy can save up to 6,000 mega watts of electricity of the national
grid, besides reducing load from the power distribution system.
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Pakistan (IEEEP) President Engineer Mohsin M Syed expressed
these views at the 37th Annual General Meeting of the IEEEP held at a local hotel on Sunday.
He cited that every Pakistani could install solar system of one to five kilowatts capacity that could save up to
3,000 MW load on the distribution system. This quantum of saved energy could be diverted to industrial sector thus
enabling it to enhance its productions as well as generate more employment opportunities, he maintained.
Mohsin M Syed added that another 3,000MW could also be
saved by switching agricultural tube-wells over to solar
system. In this connection, he suggested the government to
enhance the net metering agreement period from three to seven
years and allow this agreement among three parties instead
of the only two.
He mentioned, Pakistan is running short of around 6,000
mega watts of electricity, while 45 per cent area of the
country was yet to be connected with national grid, Pakistan,
he added, would have to enhance its inexpensive electricity
generation capacity up to 50,000 mega watts by year 2030.
In his address, former WAPDA chairman Shamsul Mulk said the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was a game changer
for Pakistan not only regionally but also geographically,
and Pakistan will attain the status of an ‘Asian Tiger’
through this vital project.
He said that engineers must be accustomed with ultra
modern technologies to bring Pakistan at par with most
developed countries. He was of the view that professional
affairs experts would have to be incorporated in the
technical institutions and management to ensure speedy
economic development in Pakistan.
Enumerating the benefits of water reservoirs to cater
the country’s water needs and hydro power generation, he
stressed the need for initiating construction work on
Kala Bagh Dam (KBD) without any further delay. So far the
country had to bear an accumulative loss of
Rs 180 billion- Rs 100 billion to Punjab, Rs 50 billion to
Sindh and Rs 30 billion to KPK- in the absence of KBD,
Shamsul Mulk said that India caused water and
electricity shortage by stopping Pakistani waters in
IEEEP Honorary Secretary General Engineer Dr Rana Abdul
Jabbar Khan presented the institute’s annual reports and
highlighted its activities. He also stressed the need
for promotion of energy resources of solar, wind and biomass,
and said the IEEEP would also have to focus on modern
researches in the field of alternate energy resources.
On this occasion, nine engineers, including Saniya
Owais, Wajahat Saeed Rana, Rana Abdul Jabbar Khan, Gulraiz
Akhtar Mughal, Muhammad Ishaq, Rao Muhammad Afzal and Mujahid
Islam were presented the best performance award.
The annual general meeting also approved the IEEEP’s
budget, balance sheet and performance. A large number
of IEEEP members, prominent engineers from public and private
sector attended the event.