5800 Homes in KPK to Get Solar Panels Under Green Growth Initiative

Pakistan’s provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is gearing up to power 5,800 off-grid homes spanning across 200 villages, with each household getting a 200-watt solar panel. It will cost the government a total of $3.94 million to equip up to 29 homes from each village with solar panels.

The project will run its course over a period of nine months, after which every household would have been equipped with a solar panel. The government will fund 90 percent of the cost for the solar panels, while every family will be required to pay for the remainder of the expenditures.

5,800 off-grid homes spanning across 200 villages will get a 200-watt solar panel

Imran Khan, leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf, the ruling political party in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, brought this plan into action as part of the Green Growth Initiative (GGI), which he began in 2014 in an attempt to utilize eco-friendly natural resources to encourage socio-economic growth in the province.

GGI’s aim is to maximize the utilization and minimize the wastage of available natural resources. Mr. Khan’s long-term objective is to provide a sustainable source of energy to the province, thereby ensuring the prosperity of future generations.

KPK government is looking to replace regular buses with ones that are powered by CNG, rechargeable electric batteries and sources of renewable energy

As part of the GGI initiative, the government is also looking to replace regular buses with ones that are powered by compressed natural gas, rechargeable electric batteries, and sources of renewable energy, such as hydropower. In addition, micro-hydro plants are being built in order to produce energy from running water, with the purpose of providing electricity to off-grid sections of the province.

With the help of hydroelectric plants, the government aims to power the mountainous sections of the northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa within the next three years. Meanwhile, households that are off the grid in the southern region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will produce energy via solar power.

As per GGI’s plan, each of the 5,800 off-grid households will receive the following equipment:

  • A 200-watt solar panel
  • Two Batteries
  • Accessories required to run two mobile phone charging slots, a pedestal and ceiling fan, and three LED lights

  • With all the cool stuff happening in KPK, we the dwellers of Sindh weep for our fortunes. Probably the worst provincial/state government ever.

  • Sindh should stop voting PPP otherwise, they will loose everything.
    Punjab only think for itself by voting Shareef and Sons.
    Stop doing that, but try New guys.
    Not only PTI, but give chance and start compoetition in politics.
    Punjab should give hard time to Politcians …

    • Hey Mr. Sindh vote PPP because they have no other option and because of their culture they remain intact with bhuttoism.
      Punjab votes to those who work for punjab. Punjab had half of population and he deserve half resources else like Bangladesh we lost punjab.
      KPK they gave chance to all but still same situation.
      Balochistan is more rely on tribal system rather political and politicians belong to different tribes and work for their tribe.

  • This is an expensive solution, but probably NOT because of the solar panels. Worldwide I think the cost is $1 million for 1 megawatt of electricity. 5800 homes with 200 watts is just a little more than 1 megawatt, but we can see the cost is almost $4 million.

    Extra cost is in the extra items like batteries, inveters etc etc.

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