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500 villages to be illuminated with solar energy

More than 500 villages will be given electricity via solar energy, Pakistan Council of Renewable Energy Technologies (PCRET) Director General Khalid Islam said on Friday.
Khalid Islam announced this at a briefing marking the inauguration a drive to encourage the production of high quality solar panels at the PCRET.
Science and Technology Minister Mir Changez Khan Jamali, the chief guest at the ceremony, said social and political struggle for economic development would not be possible without the active support and cooperation of research and development organisations.
“The incumbent government is fully aware of the need to develop infrastructure for the science and technology department in order to encourage research and development institutions,” he said.
Science and Technology Additional Secretary Najeeb Khawar Awan said the PCRET had already initiated important programmes regarding the development of renewable energy technologies, including solar energy, wind mills and bio gas.
“The basic objective of this project is the upgrading of silicon crystal growing, the enhancement of the indigenous production of solar cells and modules up to 80kW per anum and the promotion of clean and renewable solar energy through the photovoltaic process,” he said.
Photovoltaic (PV) is a clean and environment-friendly technology that converts the sun energy directly into electric power.
The PCRET DG said during last five years, the PV sector had seen a growth rate of about 50 percent per year.



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