The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPPCI) conducted a seminar on ‘Energy Crises & Alternative Power’ in collaboration with Society for Alternative Green Energy (SAGE) at FPCCI Regional office Lahore.

Participants included Hameed Akthar Chadda, Shafqat Iqbal, Shahid Riaz Gondal, Anis Ul Haq, Tahir Basharat Cheema, Manzoor Ul Haq Malik and the representative of all Chambers, Associations and Business Communities of Punjab.

FPCCI Regional Chairman Kh. Zarar Kaleem said that the industrial economy and production is most affected by energy crises. 2% of our GDP’s shortfall is due to energy crises. We appreciate the efforts of the government to resolve this electricity shortfall, but would like to stress the importance and priority of energy production further.

Shafqat Iqbal, CEO of Be Green Solar System Pvt Ltd, in his address to participants said that fortunately Pakistan is blessed with high radiation levels and receive sunlight for 14-16 hours which is highly favorable for installation of solar projects at a larger scale. We can extend the reach of electricity to far flung rural areas with national grid infrastructure which can further reduce poverty by increasing local jobs network.

Throughout the world, in over 100 countries, solar energy is being utilized and adopted more for creation of electricity, especially in North Africa, Middle East, North America, South Asia and Europe. We congratulate and appreciate the Government of Pakistan to establishing and laying the foundations of the 950MW Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park, which is the first and largest solar power plant in Pakistan. Such developments should have been earlier, because presently in Germany 37%, China 25%, Spain 12.7% and India 2% of electricity is already being produced through solar power.