STAFF REPORT IBD: More than 500 villages will be given electricity via solar energy which will help in minimizing pressure on the national power grid to some extent, Pakistan Council of Renewable Energy Technologies (PCRET) Director General Khalid Islam has recently said.

He announced this at a briefing marking the inauguration a drive to encourage the production of high quality solar panels at the PCRET.

“Social and political struggle for economic development would not be possible without the active support and cooperation of research and development organizations,” remarked SandT Minister Mir Changez Khan Jamali, who was the chief guest at the ceremony.

He said that the incumbent government is fully aware of the need to develop infrastructure for the science and technology department in order to encourage research and development institutions.

In his remarks, Science and Technology Additional Secretary Najeeb Khawar Awan said that the PCRET has already initiated important programmes regarding the development of renewable energy technologies, including solar energy, wind mills and bio gas.

“The basic objective of this project is the upgrading of silicon crystal growing, the enhancement of the indigenous production of solar cells and modules up to 80kW per anum and the promotion of clean and renewable solar energy through the photovoltaic process,” he said.

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