Alert Sign Dear reader, online ads enable us to deliver the journalism you value. Please support us by taking a moment to turn off Adblock on

Alert Sign Dear reader, please upgrade to the latest version of IE to have a better reading experience


Renewable energy


Your Name:

Recipient Email:

EVERYONE in Pakistan knows about the importance of alternative/renewable energy in order to lessen loadshedding. This can only be achieved by setting up plants within the country. In the case of solar energy, the main component is solar panel, which is being imported now and is not cost-effective.

The cheap solution is to establish the panel manufacturing facility in the country. The main ingredient is mono/poly/ micro crystalline silicon which is available in abundance in the country. The rest of the ingredients consisting of cadmium telluride and copper indium selenite/sulphate can be imported.

After the establishment of this facility, solar energy can be made available in most of rural areas where access of supply through national grid is not possible.

Since energy starvation is a national issue and can be addressed by providing funding required by the newly-formed government.


Comments (5) Closed

Tamilselvan Mar 19, 2013 01:57pm
Instead of buying arms from China, Pakistan needs to buy solar panels from them and instead of blaming Mr. Modi learn from Gujarat the usage of panels to generate power in a vast scale. Across the border Pakistan is arid and the land can be used to generate solar power. This will help reduce the poverty of people in the region
Neptune Srimal Mar 19, 2013 04:44pm
The world market has a glut of solar panels and the price is really low now. A new solar panel factory costs many biilions of dollars which Pakistan can ill-afford now. Despite cheap state loans, all Chinese solar panel factories are running at a loss now. To propose a new factory in Pakistan is not well-advised. Even most of US and EU installations use chinese made inexpensive solar panels now-a-days.
laraibimtiaz Mar 19, 2013 05:44pm
Even Abu Dhabi, which has a sea of oil under it has invested $600m to power 20,000 homes through solar energy. Their solar concentration site is equal to 85 football pitches which isn't massive. One can setup such a site outside any major Pakistani city. Also in our country we have an abundance of sunlight and yet we aren't doing enough to adopt it as a major source of power.
Akram Mar 19, 2013 06:38pm
the problem with solar power is that its expensive, it costs twice as much to generate the electricity as using say gas or oil.
Bbbb Mar 19, 2013 11:50pm
Hahahaha, who will ring the bell? And what about the big multinational petroleum companies. Who will feed them? YOU?