Islamabad: Minister for Energy (Power Division) Omar Ayub recently announced the government’s decision to install floating solar panels on the country’s major dams and canals to increase the contribution of renewable resources to Pakistan’s total energy mix, according to a news source.
This measure is expected to generate thousands of megawatts of clean electricity and is part of the government’s efforts to prioritise renewable energy as a part of the overall energy mix.
Ayub revealed that these floating solar panels will be installed on the Mangla, Tarbela, Ghazia Brotha, and Khanpur reservoirs, along with various canals. Besides generating clean electricity, this initiative will also reduce the evaporation levels from these water bodies.
He made these announcements in a conference regarding the ongoing water crisis; stating that investing properly in the water sector has the potential to bring up Pakistan’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by as much as 1%. He emphasised on the need for better water storage procedures and the construction of more reservoirs.