It seems Pakistanis are also looking into integrating solar as a source of power in the country. Pakistan currently faces power cuts of up to 16 hours a day as it is short 3000MW in production of electricity. On top of it, Pakistan also suffered a two billion cubic feet a day shortage of natural gas.
The country which faces extreme heat in summer and close to sub-zero temperatures in winter are beginning to see the lack of consistent electricity as the biggest single concern in the country. To provide an immediate solution to the power shortages, India has offered Pakistan 5000MW of electricity.
Solar energy in the form of solar power plants and solar geysers are being seen as a suitable alternative to traditional electricity generation technologies as a result of its hot and sunny climate and long daytime hours.
Its first on-grid solar power system is in the process of being tested, after receiving a US$5.4 million grant from Japan International Cooperation Agency. Public parks, mosques are also being lit up by solar panels in Muzaffarabad and solar street lights are being installed in cities such as Rawalpindi, Lahore and Karachi.
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