Primary schools and basic health services in Punjab will be converted to solar energy by the end of this year. According to details, Punjab’s Minister for Energy Akhtar Malik announced that a $86 million project was underway to convert medical centres and educational institutes to solar energy,  in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank.

Earlier in July, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar had directed to convert government schools in South Punjab to solar energy and instructed to complete the process by the end of the year. He said this will allow taking solar-based electricity into far-flung areas of the province, where proper transmission lines were not available. The CM also decided to convert universities to solar energy in later phases of the initiative.

In the meeting, CM also directed the energy department to provide a feasibility report in this regard. In the first phase of the project, the University of Engineering & Technology (UET), Lahore would be shifted to solar energy and other universities would be shifted gradually. The chief minister said that BHUs would be shifted to solar energy and water supply schemes would be administered through solar energy as well.

Usman Buzdar said Punjab had great potential to generate solar energy and provision of power to government schools through solar panels was a great initiative. It will allow the uninterrupted supply of electricity to schools, leading to a prosperous future, he added.

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