Expressing concern over load shedding in the twin cities, President Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) Nasir Khan has said that solar energy is one of the solutions of power shortage, as sun is abundantly available without any cost. Addressing to the business community, he said that prolonged load shedding is affecting the business activities of industrialist and small traders badly. He regretted that during the moon soon rains IESCO still could not overcome problems of load shedding in the federal capital. He said the continuous power shortage is creating hurdles in the current pace of economic growth of the country. The growing gap between demand and supply of power and interrupted supply of power to industrial sector is retarding the country exports, he added.
While giving a presentation on importance of solar and wind energy, Nasir Khan, Erector of Solar and Winter Wind Plants said that solar energy is one of the solutions of power shortage, as sun is abundantly available without any cost. Solar energy systems can also work in overcast situations, he stated. But solar energy products, he said is out of reach of most of the population’s purchasing power. To solve this problem, a number of companies have manufactured low cost and affordable solar energy products.
He said that Pakistan lies in the region of trade winds, which give it a competitive edge to utilize this priceless resource to overcome the problem of energy shortage. In this respect Mr. Nasir Khan identified a few areas of Karachi and Gwader near Hawkes Bay and National Highway for installing both solar and wind energy plants to produce electricity.-SANA