LAHORE - A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the Punjab government and British company Pan Africa in a ceremony here Saturday, for setting up a project of 100 megawatts in Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park, Bahawalpur.
The MoU signing ceremony was attended by Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, British Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Provincial Energy Minister Sher Ali Khan, Members Assembly, Chief Secretary and concerned authorities. Secretary Energy Usman Bajwa on behalf of Punjab government and Marcus Heel on behalf of Pan Africa signed the MoU.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that the government was taking steps on emergent basis to overcome energy crisis under which agreements had been made for starting various power generating projects with the collaboration of national and international companies.
He said that the targets of economic development could not be achieved without overcoming energy crisis and traditional as well as alternative sources were also being utilized for implementing power generation projects.
Shahbaz Sharif said that the method of generating energy through solar was also getting popularity all over the world. He said that the Punjab government had not only made agreements with different companies for launching energy generating projects through solar under a coordinated strategy but government offices were also being shifted to solar energy under a phased programme.
He said that street lights were also being shifted to solar power in big cities. The Chief Minister said that the agreement of setting up solar power project by Pan Africa company in Punjab was a welcoming step.