After failing to get satisfied from other means of uninterrupted power supply, the residents of the twin cities have started relying on solar panel system to bring some comfort in their life.
Some argue that the fuel used by the generators was not affordable to them while others complained about the back-up given by the Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS).
Though the use of solar panels is effective but still the cost of its installation is out of the reach of a common person which was the reason why these panels can be witnessed mostly in the posh areas of the twin cities.
Rizwan Ahmed, an industrialist, said besides being more reliable, solar panels were now increasingly being recognised as cost-effective alternative to diesel and gas-run generators. Although the installation cost is high but it is for once and after that one could enjoy uninterrupted power supply for long time, he added.
“It had cost Rs 392,000 for installing 1120W solar panel in my home which provides 24-hour electricity,” Shahid Abbasi, a resident of I-10 said.
Rauf Khan, a shopkeeper at G-8, IT centre, said that the sale of solar panels had increased in the recent years. He said that most of the people complained that due to prolonged load shedding the UPS did not provide the desired results. A single panel of 280W will cost Rs 98,000, he informed.