Punjab to set up 300MW solar projects

Shahbaz says projects to be launched in Cholistan and industrial states; metro bus project to cost Rs 30 billion


LAHORE: A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the Punjab government and German company, AEG, for cooperation in solar energy sector under which solar energy projects of at least 50 to 100 megawatts will be set up in the Punjab in 2013 and of at least 300 megawatts in 2014. Energy Secretary Jehanzeb Khan and AEG representative Karsten Weltzien signed the agreement.


Talking to the media during the ceremony, the CM said that the agreement between the Punjab government and the AEG for cooperation was a welcome step. He said that the company had generated 30,000 megawatt power in Germany.


Shahbaz said the agreement would be implemented expeditiously and solar energy projects would be completed at the earliest. He said the agreement had been signed as a result of his recent visit to Germany.


He said Pakistan had high grade coal as well as vast potential of generation of hydel power. He said that there was a vast scope of setting up solar energy projects in Cholistan. He said the Punjab government was working with Turkey, Germany and China in the energy sector. He said that earlier solar energy projects were costly but now there had been a substantial decrease in their cost. He said that solar energy projects of 50 to 100 megawatts would be set up in Cholistan while solar energy projects of 20 megawatts each would be established in industrial estates.


Shahbaz Sharif said that the country was plunged into darkness while its economy had been ruined by “the loot and plunder and wrong policies of Zar Baba and 40 Thieves” who would be held accountable by the people in the elections. He said the federal government had created hurdles for the Punjab government in setting up energy projects but it surmounted all difficulties and was working on power generation projects expeditiously.


To a question on the metro bus project, the CM said that work on the project, which would cost Rs 30 billion, was in progress. He said the opponents of Punjab government had no concern with welfare projects for the people and, therefore, they were telling lies about the cost of the biggest public transport project in the history of the country.

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