LAHORE (APP): Pakistan Solar Association (PSA) on Sunday suggested the government to formulate Pakistan Solar Mission Plan 2015-26 with an ambitious target of 20000 megawatt power generation on the pattern of Nehru National Solar Mission Plan of India.

Talking to APP here, PSA Chairman Engineer Faiz Muhammad Bhutta appreciated the Punjab Chief Minister’s vital initiative of switching 6000 government primary schools over to solar energy. However, he added, the government should expand the scope of this public welfare-oriented project to hospitals, basic health units and other sectors of society as well.

He called for dividing this plan to three phases of four years each having an accumulative power generation target of 20,000MW. The proposed plan, he said, should also envisage an easy access to solar off-grid and hybrid power for solar lighting of houses and roads of urban and rural areas; solar pumping (tube-well), utility grade PV and solar thermal power plants.