STAFF REPORT ISB: The Parliament House, comprising Senate and National Assembly, has been shifted to solar power.

The solar energy plant is installed with Chinese assistance.

The project is installed to generate one megawatt of electricity, but its presently generating 80 kilowatts power, with both the houses consuming 62 kilowatts.

According to an official, additional electricity is being supplied to Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO). The project is funded by the Chinese government as a gesture and acknowledgement of the long-standing friendship with Pakistan. In April 2015, the project was jointly inaugurated by Prime Minister Nawaz and Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit to Pakistan.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inaugurated the project.

The project was jointly inaugurated by the prime minister, National Assembly Speaker AyazSadiq, Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani and Chinas ambassador to Pakistan. Addressing the event, the prime minister thanked China for its assistance, hoping that Pakistan will successfully overcome power crisis in 2018.

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