Thursday, May 10, 2012
Pakistan has a potential to generate over 2.324 million megawatts (mw) electricity per annum through solar system and industrialists should enter this sector for in order to overcome prevailing energy crisis, said Vice Chancellor Hamdard University Dr Nasim A Khan. At Korangi Association of Trade and Industry (KATI) Nasim said solar and wind powers were the real sources of energy and rest of the sources were alternative. He said Hamdard University was ready to provide technology of solar power to the industrialists free of charge so that country would be able to benefit from cheapest sources of energy. He said though solar panels are expensive presently however commercial manufacturing would make them cheaper and viable for all consumers. He emphasized on manufacturing of all components of solar system locally in order to make them viable for the local as well export market. USA, Germany, Australia, Brazil, UK, Japan, India, China and Thailand are now generating electricity in bulk through solar system. He disclosed Japan was generating electricity at the cost of only two cents per kilowatt per hour (KWH). Pakistan needs to put 2,000 mw electricity into the national grid every year and this could only be possible through solar and wind power. Chairman KATI, Ehtesham Uddin announced to extend all out support to the Hamdard University for the promotion of solar powered technology and offered to coordinate with Dr Nasim and industrialists to manufacture solar panels for domestic and industrial use. He said switching over to the solar system for energy was the need of the hour and more people and scientists like Dr Nasim should come forward for this cause. President All Karachi Industrial Alliance, Mian Zahid Hussain said future belongs to cheapest sources of energy. Mian Zahid pointed out none of the government measures were proved to be fruitful for saving energy and there was no respite in load shedding.