Pakistani parliament powered by on-site solar

Pakistan‘s parliament building is now 100% powered by an on-site solar installation.

A 1 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop array on the building in Islamabad, called the Majlis-e-Shoora, produces 80 MW, of which 62 MW are used to meet the building’s power needs while the rest is fed into the national grid.

The $53 million project was funded by the Chinese government and is expected to save Pakistan around $1 million per year. à‚ 

MPs met in the newly solar-powered building for the first time on Friday. à‚ 

National Assembly special secretary Munawar Abbas Shah was quoted as saying: ‘This is the first project of its kind in Pakistan, and later more public buildings will be converted to solar power to overcome the energy crisis.

‘The consumption of electricity in the parliament even jumps over 2 MW in summers when the house is in session,’ he added.

Among other world parliament buildings, Israel’s Knesset is the only solar-powered one, although only 10% of its power needs are met by its solar array.

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