Pakistan’s parliament on Tuesday became the world’s first to run fully on solar power.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inaugurated the solar power system, which provides 62MW to the parliament and a surplus 18MW to the national grid.
The project was completed in seven months at a cost of Rs280.61 million. First announced in 2014, the venture was funded by China as an act of friendship. It was officially launched during President Xi Jinping’s visit last year.
Sharid said, “It is encouraging to note that the parliament’s solar plant will not only meet its own energy requirements but the additional electricity will contribute to the national grid.”
The solar plant will help the parliament save around Rs12 million in electricity bills every year, officials said.
Munawar Abbas Shah, special secretary at the National Assembly, told the media earlier that this is the first project of its kind in a public building in Pakistan, and more public buildings will be converted to solar power.