Planning ahead: going solar
As seen and experienced during the previous years, the loadshedding of electricity has not been successful and the consumption of electricity is not reduced by the method of frequent interruptions.
The steps required to be taken to cut down the load of electricity are already in the knowledge of many. The other day I saw an advertisement by Enercon of going green by using light emitting diode (LED) lights.
Our engineers in industries and professors in universities of Pakistan are doing some great researches in spite of having no backing at all from the government or any organisation. They are working for the betterment of people and unlike imported solutions, they give after-sale services for their products.
Some ill experiences with quacks should not mar the reputation of Pakistani scientists and innovators.
It would be much better if Enercon and the ministry of water and power take measures for reducing the cost of LED lights which are being manufactured in Pakistan by local engineers. The steps could range from minima-like exemption of all taxes for local manufacturers of Go Green Projects to a bigger national forum providing incentives to all opting to go green by using locally-manufactured standard quality product.
The eventual and most effective step is to utilise solar power available to us; Pakistan enjoys the longest summer or rather sun life of the world.
We must take all possible steps to go for solar systems from electric generation to heating. The government should back Pakistani scientists and engineers who are working for solar projects instead of finding extremely expensive imported solutions. It’s time we came out of the imported complex and felt pride in using standard quality Pakistan-made products.
We can take the example of Australia where even using solar power is financially supported by the government for first-time installation. Also, it was amazing for me to know the fact that house owners producing solar power (privately) have the option to connect to the national grid; the surplus solar power goes to the main electricity line and for that the electricity units used by that house are reimbursed accordingly.
During summers, power outage is the main problem and during winters we face the same situation for natural gas. The sun is again there to help us.
Solar water-heaters of various brands and designs are already being used by several people but now flat-bed water-heaters have hit the market, and are believed to be more efficient. If manufacturing conditions are made favourable for Pakistan’s engineers and industries, all the power outage can be harnessed by the blessings of the most supreme power. The only condition is the belief.
MRS S. IRFAN