100MW of electricity, made through solar energy, was added to national transmission grid yesterday when Mr. Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan, inaugurated Qaid-e-Azam Solar Power plant in Bahawalpur.
500-acre Qauid-i-Azam Solar Park is built and completed in one year with a total cost of $131 million that is financed by Punjab government and a commercial bank.
Down the line, Pakistan is aiming to produce a total of 1000MW electricity through the facility in two separate phases. Once completed, with-in next two years as per estimates, Qaid-e-Azam Solar Park will be one of the largest solar energy plants in the world.
It merits mentioning here that Qauid-i-Azam Solar Park Company is an autonomous body, headed by Syed Najam Shah, a Punjab Government Officer.
Prime Minister, during his inauguration notes, said that 800 people would get jobs at the solar park. He announced a gift of Rs. 20 million for the workers.
He also announced Tamgha-i-Khidmat for Syed Najam Shah, CEO of the company, for speedy completion of the project.