The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has allocated 4.2 billion rupees in the current budget to utilize the energy potential of the province.

A spokesman of Energy and Power department said on Saturday that 3.8 billion rupees would be spent on constructing mini hydel power stations across KP.

He further stated that 8,000 schools and about 200 Basic Health Units (BHUs) would also be converted on solar energy this year. The spokesman said that an institute of petroleum technology would also be established at Karak to help explore oil and gas reserves in the area.