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Solar system can save up to 6,000MW electricity: IEEEP

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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,

he added.

Shamsul Mulk said that India caused water and

electricity shortage by stopping Pakistani waters in

its territory.

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.

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