Visit to fully solarized Parliament House by Center for Climate Research and Development (CCRD) at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

A delegation of CCRD members, led by Ambassador Shahid Kamal, Advisor CCRD along with Mr. Bilal Anwar, Senior Manager and Dr. Anjum Rasheed, Assistant Professor today visited the fully solarized Parliament building in Islamabad. 

Mr. Shahid Shoukat, Project Manager, National Assembly Secretariat briefed the CCRD members on technical and operational details of the solar energy project.  Members of the China Railway Seventeen Bureau Electrician & Engineering Group participated in the briefing.  CCRD was informed that the project has been completed in a period of only six months by a Chinese company and at a fraction of the cost if compared with commercially implemented solar projects. CCRD members were told that the project of installing one megawatt solar power system in Parliament was executed with the assistance of China and it would result in substantial savings on energy costs.

CCRD delegation expressed appreciation that the entire parliament building is being powered on green energy produced from state of the art photovoltaic technology along with a number of energy efficiency and conservation measures which are already beingimplemented.

An important feature of the project is its capacity to not only to power itself but also to feed excess electricity into the national electricity grid.  In the process the first “Net Metering” license in the country was issued to Parliament by National Electricity Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA). This has openedthe way for placing Pakistan in the list of countries having implemented the possibility for feeding cleaner electricity into the grid.    

Parliament of Pakistan is the first parliament in the world to go green. By having solarized itself the Parliament has drastically reduced its carbon footprints and established a fully Green Legislature to have all its electricity needs met by solar power. The solarization of Parliament House which is environmentally friendly as it will reduce emissions of hazardous gases.

Further steps towards greening are in the pipeline by the Parliament including reducing its paper use through e-parliament and claiming carbon credits from its green activities.

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