Punjab government has decided to convert about 10,800 schools in Southern Punjab to solar powered. This development has come about in a meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar in the chair.
The chief minister directed to complete the task by December while adding that solar power will be provided to remote areas where transmission lines are not available.
“People residing in remote areas of Rajanpur, Cholistan, Thal and Dera Ghazi Khan will be provided solar energy,” said the chief minister. He further said that the government will implement an off-grid solution to provide electricity to far-flung villages while directing the energy department to prepare a feasibility report on this.
The meeting also decided to convert the public universities to solar power in phases. In the first phase, the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore will switch to solar energy.
Moreover, the basic health units and water supply schemes will also be shifted onto solar power. Buzdar directed the officials to speed up the ongoing campaign against power theft. He instructed the Chief Minister Task Force to keep working on curbing power theft.
“Action should be initiated against government officials involved in electricity theft,” said Buzdar.
He underlined that there is a huge potential for solar power generation in Punjab.