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Govt urged to patronise renewable energy sector

By Our Correspondent
January 19, 2023

LAHORE:Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) Senator Shaheen Khalid hoped that Letters of Credit (LCs) for imports will be opened soon, which will help facilitate the solar energy sector in the country.

"The clean energy is absolutely vital not just for the environment but because it is cost effective for the consumers. In this context, I talked to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, and they expressed the hope that the government would soon be able to open LCs for imports as soon as economy's stabilisation is ensured," said the senator while talking to journalists at a launch ceremony of three-phase Hybrid 30KW solar power equipment by a solar inverter manufacturing company, on Solar Power Day at a local hotel on Wednesday.

The solar inverter company also signed MoUs for 400MW power products with three different investment companies for import of solar energy goods. The solar energy sector has been under a lot of stress after LCs were stopped with effect from July 2022, which not just hampered promotion of solar energy sector but also created a backlog of warranty claims. Senator Shaheen Khalid Butt said that solar power was a very clean and efficient energy source, which must be tapped to optimum level to protect the environment.

"Pakistan has suffered a great deal in the form of devastating floods due to global carbon emissions despite contributing very little towards greenhouse gases," he said, adding that the West especially the European countries must compensate for the loss incurred by Pakistan due to global warming.

"The recent $10 billion to $11 billion pledges by the world community for rehabilitation of flood victims were nothing compared to the colossal loss of life and property suffered by the Pakistanis," he added.

He said the government must help and facilitate the renewable energy sector, which is the answer to Pakistan's energy woes in the future. "Everyone, including the country and the people, will benefit from solar energy," he said, therefore, the government must patronise renewable energy sector as US government also helped manufacturers, policymakers and the consumers. "The consumers can also sell out surplus energy in excess to their own usage through net-metering," he said and proposed that the government should launch one-window operation to facilitate the manufacturers and the public in installation of solar energy products.

Earlier, speaking on the occasion, Goodwe country manager Syed Salman Mohaiyuddin said that LCs closure had caused significant damage to the solar energy sector, while the widening gap between supply and demand had also raised prices of products up to three times in the consumer market to the detriment of public.

He said that Pakistan's oil bill has gone up to 65 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). "If the Pakistan government supports the solar energy sector for 4 to 5 years, it can reduce Pakistan's forex oil bill substantially," he added.

Ahmad Rafay Asad, Head of Operations and Technical Services, Goodwe, said that the company had launched a new energy storage product - ET 30KW - and a single-Phase high ampere - G2 - product, which are efficient, environment-friendly, digitally-controlled easy-to-use and cost-effective products.

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