Pakistan’s largest public park goes solar with 3,400 solar panels installed on 750-acre Park at a cost of $4.8 million.
At a time when electricity shortage is the biggest problem in the country, Pakistan’s largest public park in Islamabad will now work on energy provided by a large solar project set up in the park.
The lights, sprinklers and offices located inside the Fatima Jinnah Park in Islamabad‘s Sector F-9 will have constant power supply with solar energy.
Around 3,400 solar panels have been installed on a 2.5-hectare parcel of the 750-acre park, at a cost of $4.8 million.
The project was built by the China Railway 17th Bureau Group Corporation at a cost of $4.8 million. Funds for the project were provided by the Chinese government as a grant.
The project is named the F-9 Park Solar Lighting Project, 3,400 solar panels have been installed over an area of around five acres inside the park.
These panels would generate about 0.85 megawatts (850KW) of power and have a back-up facility to provide energy to street lights.
The Solar Lighting Project was handed over to the IMC in a formal ceremony organized at the park, the offices of Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation (IMC) and Capital Development Authority for the maintenance purpose is located inside the park.
The ceremony was joined by China’s Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong, Federal Minister for Finance Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar and Mayor Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation Sheikh Anser Aziz.
Speaking to the ceremony, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar expressed about Pak-China friendship journey that;
“The current project is yet another example of good relation, which both countries have had for decades,” adding to his speech Ishaq Dar said the incumbent government aims to resolve load-shedding by the end of 2017.
Chinese ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong said that the project was a gift by Chinese government to the people of Islamabad. He also congratulated Chinese firm for completing the project two months ahead of schedule.
Talking about the benefits to the visitors IMC Mayor Sheikh Ansar Aziz said that solar power has restored life to the park.
“We are seeing more and more visitors coming back to the park for recreational and physical fitness activities,” he added.
As solar energy extends the active hours the park can be used and powers irrigation to keep its flowers and other plants in top condition, as well as rides in the children’s playground. According to Capital Development Authority officials visitors who had abandoned it are returning now.