Green Parliament: An emblem of Pak – China Friendship

Chinese President His Excellency Xi Jingpin himself inaugurated the project to install 1 MW solar power system in the Parliament House of Pakistan during his visit on 14 April 2015. What a gift to a friendly country and how symbolic it is for the future!

China’s vision of economic development has started to influence the world. The regional developing countries have started taking inspiration from their vision so that they can also cope with the future challenges. Energy is one of the biggest sectors where opportunities as well as challenges likely to emerge in the next years. Economies that would seize the opportunities will see the face of the future in the true sense of the term. Pakistan is an energy deficient country with an overall demand of around 20000 MW in the country. Installation of Solar Project at Parliament House is symbolic as it signifies where the remedy to our malaise lies. Pakistan is rich in natural resources such as water streams, wind and sunlight. China being a friend has not only gifted the project but has also given the insight that country demands in energy can be easily met by focusing on renewable energy projects. The project that has started from the Parliament House must now reach every nook and corner of the country and people should take inspiration from this project and reap the fruits of green technologies in the shape of environmental, economic, and social benefits.

The total requirement of the National Assembly Building has been estimated as 2.3 MW. The 1 MW Solar Power Generation will be connected to the national grid system. The Net Metering System will automatically calculate the input by the solar power project for which Parliament would claim the rebate in electricity bill. It is a pleasant experiment that has introduced a culture in public sector buildings to transform themselves to new sustainable environments. However, it would be great if Parliament House makes an effort to convert the building on solar energy completely. This may sound challenging but inspiration from the Chinese gift demands that Pakistan takes steps to show that country has accepted the challenge to convert most of the country on renewable technologies. At least the gap of around 5000 MW in the system can easily be secured if all public sector buildings are converted on renewable technologies.

The journey that started from the Parliament House with the help of our Chinese friends should end in a success story. Financial savings of the Parliament building will be up to Rs. 28 million per annum in terms of utility bill. The estimated cost of the project is Rs.280.61 million and the payback period will be about 10 years. The solar electrification of the parliament building will save approximately 2500 tons of carbon dioxide per annum with a carbon credit of Rs. 3.445 million per annum. This is pretty impressive. Let us work together and work out design efficiency, energy efficiency, water efficiency, materials’ efficiency, environmental quality, optimization, waste and toxic reduction for the whole of the country.

The article has been contributed by Mélange team. melangeisb@gmail.com

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