Pakistan parliament became the first in the world to completely run on solar power, a venture supported by close ally China with a whopping $55 million funding. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a simple ceremony switched on solar-powered building of the parliament in capital Islamabad.
It was launched in 2015 when Chinese President Xi Jinping visited and addressed the Parliament. The first announced of the project was in 2014 by Chinese government as an act of friendship with financial support of 55 million dollars. The solar panels of parliament have installed capacity 80 Mega Watts (MW) of which 62 MW is sufficient for it while remaining 18 MW will be connected to national grid.
The project was completed in seven months at a cost of 280.61 million rupees. The solar plant will help the parliament save around 12 million rupees in electricity bills every year. It is for first time since Pakistan became independent in 1947, the parliament became self-sufficient in electricity through solar power. Currently, there some parliaments in world like Israel’s Knesset which are partly run on solar power.
Extra Info :
Parliament of Pakistan : Known as the Majlis-e-Shoora
President of Pakistan : Mamnoon Hussain
PM of Pakistan : Nawaz Sharif
Capital : Islamabad
So lets discuss some questions about this article which can be asked in the upcoming exams :
1. Which country’s parliament has become 1st in the world to run entirely on solar power?
2. What is the project cost for this ?
3. Pakistan parliament commonly know as – ?
4. Name the country who has funded Pakistan Government for its solar power project?
Courtesy : Economics Times