Solar lights installed at Racecourse | The Mall, Ferozepur Road streetlights to be put on solar energy soon | The Mall solar streetlights project to save 25 to 30MWs electricity | Energy savers being imported for solar lights: DCO | DHA next to use the technology | Plan ready to put all parks, streetlights on solar energy | Solar cells have a life of 30 years | 36 silicon cells panel produce about 300 watts
LAHORE: The Punjab government has chalked out a plan to put all parks, streetlights on solar energy. In the first phase, a solar energy system has been installed at Racecourse. However, the project for conversion of The Mall streetlights on solar system is on the cards, The Post has learnt.
The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has completed the first model solar energy system at Racecourse with a cost of Rs 15 million under the Punjab government’s scheme “Promotion of Solar Energy Lights System and Establishment of Model Facility at Racecourse Park Lahore”. Now all the lights at the park are successfully working on solar cells.
The system will not only reduce electricity bill of Punjab but also help protect environment. The system will soon be adopted in other commercial and non-profit sectors.
The Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) will be responsible for maintenance of the solar system at park. The solar system will have a life of 30 years if the quality solar cells are installed. The maintenance cost of solar cells is zero. The solar facility is 100 times cheaper than electricity.
“After Racecourse, the Punjab government are preparing “project cost plans” for conversion of all street lights on major roads including The Mall and Ferozpur Road on solar energy light system to save electricity for other sectors, sources in the city district government told The Post.
The Punjab government environment department is dilating on proposals to introduce solar energy system for commercial sectors to minimize the use of fossil fuels including coal, diesel or electricity producing generators which damage environment with emissions of hydrocarbons. The heat produced by other energy sources like coals and diesel is major threat to green house effect.
The Defence Housing Authority will be the next to use solar energy system for street lights. The authority is working on a project to install solar street lights. It is pertinent to mention here that DHA pays million of rupees in electricity bill to Wapda every month and the solar system will reduce its electricity bill.
“If the solar cell lights are installed on The Mall, it will save 25 to 30 Megawatts (MW) which is enough for a government hospital, Shahid Aiwan, Chief Executive Solar Tec Pvt Ltd, the firm that installed solar facility at Racecourse, told The Post.
Once solar energy system is properly marketed, it will become a need of every home and with support of the government it can end load shedding forever in the country and instead of paying electricity bills most of the people will install solar cells.
He said solar cells cost onetime only. “The most interesting part of solar lights is that you do not need to switch on or off them as they are automatically controlled by a timer,” he added.
Silicon cell works on the pattern of Ultra Power Storage (UPS) which continues getting charged by electricity and stores energy. About 36 silicon cells are fitted in one (1) net-shaped solar panel and each panel gives about 300 watts light. The solar panel can be prepared in small and big sizes as per the domestic or commercial requirement.
A small solar cell panel can be used as a generator during power outages. Energy generation and combustion activities are most significant contributors to Pakistan’s greenhouse gas emissions. Pakistan Rangers and Frontier Corps is already is using solar cell systems for charging batteries of their vehicles and for other energy needs. Punjab Environment Protection Department Director General Dr Shagufta Shahjahan told The Post that Solar energy projects for street lights and other energy needs are on the cards and it is need of the hour to utilise solar energy due to low cost.
District Coordination Officer Lahore Sajjad Ahmed Bhutta told The Post that street lights of all city roads will be converted on solar energy working in phases.
He said energy savers are needed for solar energy cells and the government is making efforts to import energy savers for solar lights.
When asked about the cost of the project, he said that it would onetime cost.
Courtesy: The Post, 27/9/2008