Government to announce national solar policy on August 1, says PM Shebab

The government is set to announce a comprehensive national solar policy on August 1. Picture: File

The government is set to announce a comprehensive national solar policy on August 1 to provide cheap and environmentally friendly electricity to the general public.

The decision was taken by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif as he chaired a high-level energy task force meeting aimed at addressing the country’s energy shortage issues.

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The implementation of the national solar policy will be subject to the approval of the Council of Common Interests.

The meeting brought together Federal Minister of Energy, Engineer Khurram Dastagir, Minister of Finance Miftah Ismail, Minister of Planning Ahsan Iqbal, Minister of Information Marriyum Aurangzeb, Minister of Petroleum Mussadik Malik and officials concerned. Chief secretaries from four provinces joined the meeting via video link.

Prime Minister Sharif called on the task force to get feedback from the provinces on the draft solar policy and stressed the need to ensure unanimity of views at the provincial level on alternative energy generation projects .

In addition, it was decided to switch the Prime Minister’s office and the Prime Minister’s house to solar energy within a month.

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The prime minister said the government is committed to making the country self-sufficient in energy production.

He mentioned that solar energy was a clean and green way of generating electricity and said that solar projects would alleviate problems such as distribution losses, electricity theft and circular debt.

Prime Minister Sharif said affordable solar power would reduce the burden of inflation on the common man.