Faisalabad: Punjab Energy Minister Dr Akhtar Malik stated that the Punjab government is making all efforts to promote renewable energy sources within the country, according to a news source. He said that the government was focusing its efforts on utilizing solar, biogas, biomass, and wind sources for energy.
The minister was addressing a one-day international conference on renewable energy organised by the Department of Energy System Engineering at the University of Agriculture in Faisalabad. He stated that renewable energy sources were the only viable method to meet the country’s electricity demand and overcome the challenges posed by climate change.
Malik informed the conference that the provincial government was in the process of converting 15,000 schools to solar energy and it expected to have shifted 8,000 schools to solar energy by the end of the year. He also revealed that the Punjab government had initiated a pilot project to encourage a village to shift to hybrid energies that included solar and biomass.
The minister also discussed the government’s ongoing plan to install two-megawatt (MW) solar panels at every university in Punjab. He added that they were working on the conversion of waste into energy in nine municipal corporations of the province.