Households in Gwadar to get solar panels
ISLAMABAD, June 10 (Gwadar Pro) - “As part of efforts to ease difficulties of people of Gwadar, federal government has decided to provide solar panels for domestic consumers,” Prime Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif announced on Friday, adding that he has directed for the completion of work on transmission lines in South Balochistan by December and a plan for comprehensive off-grid system.
The first step towards the solarization of Gwadar was taken by China in December 2021 when it announced the installation of 3,200 units of solar panels in various houses in Gwadar. The project is being carried out directly with the help of China, which started arriving in January earlier this year.
The Cabinet Committee of Energy had already approved entering into a deal with Iran for new energy purchases. Pakistan is purchasing 102 MW electricity from Iran while the government has finalized a deal with Iran to buy additional 100MW for Gwadar and other coastal areas of Balochistan.
In this regard, Federal Minister for Planning and Development Professor Ahsan Iqbal on Wednesday held a fruitful meeting with Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan.