Pakistan’s Parliament House Now Fully Powered by Solar Energy

Pakistan’s Parliament House is finally powered by solar energy, announced the Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq on Friday.

A total of 2MW solar system has produced 80 megawatts electricity since it was deployed, out of which 62 megawatts were consumed in the Parliament House and the surplus production of 18 megawatts was contributed to the national grid.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to formally ‘Switch On’ the Parliament’s Solar Programme later this month.

The project is being funded by the Chinese government as a gesture of friendship and an acknowledgement of the longstanding Pak-China friendship. According to details, project was completed with cost of over Rs 500 million and is sponsored by Chinese government.

Pakistan’s Parliament is the first in the world to be fully powered by solar energy

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chinese President Xi Jinping, along with National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani, had collectively inaugurated the project during the Chinese president visit to Pakistan last year. After commissioning, the project would generate electricity to reduce the expenditure on utility bills of the parliament building in tune of Rs. 28 million per year.

The speaker said that this initiative has made the Parliament of Pakistan the first in the world that has been shifted on Solar Power completely. Earlier, Knesset, the parliament of Israel, was also using solar energy but it only generated 10 percent of its total energy needs through solar means, he added.

Parliament Becomes First Recipient of Net Metering License

Sadiq said that Pakistan’s Parliament is the first in the country to have been issued a ‘Net-Metering” license by the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA). ‘Net-Metering’ mechanism helps in delivering and adding the surplus production of energy to the national grid. This very project is environment friendly as it reduces the emission of hazardous gases which invite global warming. The speaker acknowledged the assistance of the Chinese government for financially supporting this ‘Solar Project’.


  • Graham Goon

    62 Megawatts, that’s the equivalent of 12-15 Airports. What the hell are those guys running there. Factories.

    • Fakhre Alam

      charging their electric cars :-p

  • Zohaib

    The Whole Chashma Nuclear Power Plant produces around 300MW of Electricity.

    One of the Biggest dams of Pakistan The Mangla Dam produces 1000 MW of Electricity.

    What the HEll the the parliament house alone is using 62MW ????

    A Factory of around 50 Acres uses about 1 MW of Electricity..

  • Sohaib Razzaq

    @Graham Goon Zohaib
    I suggest you re-read the article before commenting. The solar system produces 2MW of peak power and it has generated 80MW since it was deployed out of which parliament has used 62MW.
    It doesn’t mean that at any given time its using 62MW of electricity.

    • Jamal

      The writer has mixed up his units. MW is a unit of power, not energy. How has it generated 80 MW since it was deployed? Maybe he’s trying to say 80MWh

  • Muhammed Ovais Alam

    The article missed the ‘Over the x year/month’ part.
    Kitne arse main 80MW bana hai/use howa hai?

  • Fakhre Alam

    Wrong heading. heading should be

    Pakistan’s parliament is always fully run by corrupt politicians.

  • Fardad Ali Shah

    Clean energy for parliament– that is probably the only thing clean in the parliament!

  • Adnan Ahmed Malik

    Guys kindly concentrate on the wording and then start useless & illogical technical criticizing.
    “A total of 2MW solar system has produced 80 megawatts electricity since it was deployed”