Pakistan joins list of few presidencies in the world fully powered by green energy

Pakistan’s President House entirely shifts to green energy with installation of solar system

Pakistan has joined the list of the few presidencies in the world fully powered by green energy with inauguration of 1megawatt (MW) solar PV (photovoltaic) panels at the Aiwan-e-Sadr. It has the capacity of generating 1.4 million units of green electricity annually.

The ceremony to shift power supply of the President House of Pakistan to green energy was held on Wednesday as part of Pakistan government’s vision of protecting the environment for the coming generations.

The “Green Presidency Initiative is a solarization project of Aiwan-e-Sadr that consists of a 1MW Solar PV system for production of green energy. It is an effort to curb negative effects of climate change and global warming on Pakistan” , the president’s office said in a statement.

The green project, launched in partnership with Engro Corporation, will contribute 100%per cent surplus energy to the national grid.

The initiative will lead to an annual decrease of 1,450 tonnes of CO2 emissions and an annual contribution of Rs32 million (US$203,000)to the national exchequer.

Speaking at the ceremony, Pakistani President Arif Alvi reiterated the government’s commitment to protecting the environment and highlighted the importance of green energy.

Pakistan has a huge potential for renewable energy including hydropower, solar and wind and the country is gradually moving towards the target of 30 percent renewable energy in the national grid by 2030, he said.

President Alvi said Pakistan remains committed to realizing its untapped renewable energy potential — in hydro, solar, and wind — and to shift its energy mix to 60% clean energy by 2030.

He stressed the need to utilize alternative sources for power generation to fully achieve the goals of clean and green energy. Switching to renewable energy is vital to reduce the impact of climate change, he added.

As part of further green initiatives, the President announced plantation of 10,000 saplings was under consideration besides raising a vertical forest on one of its walls.

The restoration of roof-window panels of the presidency will help improve natural light and save energy.

Nuxhat Khurshid
Nuxhat Khurshid is a passionate writer, reader and documentary-maker. She mostly writes on environment, climate change and development issues for Islamabad Scene.

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