Pakistan Parliament becomes first in World to run entirely on solar power

Pakistan parliament today became the first in the world to completely run on solar power, a venture supported by China with USD 55 million funding.

About Parliament of Pakistan

The Parliament of Pakistan is officially known as the Majlis-e-Shoora, which is the federal and supreme legislative body of Pakistan.

It is a bicameral federal legislature that consists of the Senate as upper house and the National Assembly, as lower houses.

According to the constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the President of Pakistan is also a component of the Parliament.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a simple ceremony switched on solar-powered building of the Parliament in capital Islamabad.

First announced in 2014, the venture has been funded by the Chinese government as an act of friendship, with the solar power plant costing around USD 55 million.

“This the first time since independence (1947) that parliament has become self-sufficient in electricity through solar power. Other institutions in private and public sector need to follow it,” he said in his brief speech.

The project to run parliament on solar power was launched last year when Chinese President Xi Jinping visited and addressed the parliament.

China provided over USD 55 million to carry out the project.