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Pak parliament becomes first in world to run entirely on solar power

The project to run parliament on solar power was launched last year when Chinese President Xi Jinping visited and addressed the parliament

Solar Power

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Pakistan President Nawaz Sharif
Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan parliament on Tuesday became the first in the world to completely run on solar power, a venture supported by China with $55 million funding.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a simple ceremony switched on solar-powered building of the parliament in capital Islamabad.

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First announced in 2014, the venture has been funded by the Chinese government as an act of friendship, with the plant costing around $55 million.

"This the first time since independence (1947) that parliament has become self-sufficient in electricity through Other institutions in private and public sector need to follow it," he said in his brief speech.

The project to run parliament on was launched last year when Chinese President Xi Jinping visited and addressed the parliament.

"This is another example of Pak-China friendship," Sharif said.

Chinese ambassador to Pakistan was also present during the ceremony.

According to speaker National Assembly, Ayaz Sadiq, the parliament solar panels will generate 80 MW power.

He said 62 MW will be sufficient for parliament while 18 MW will be given to national grid.

Officials said that there are some parliaments like the Israeli Knesset which are partly run on solar power.

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First Published: Tue, February 23 2016. 14:22 IST