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  • Low-cost solar imports hurt US companies: trade panel

    WASHINGTON: Low-cost solar panels imported from China and other countries have caused serious injury to American manufacturers, a US trade commission ruled on Friday, raising the possibility of the Trump administration imposing tariffs that could double the price of solar panels from abroad...

    The 4-0 vote by the Inter­national Trade Commission sets up a two-month review period in which the panel must recommend a remedy to President...

  • SC appoints panel of experts for Lahore train project

    ISLAMABAD: The Sup­reme Court on Friday appoin­ted a two-man commission of experts for re-verification of the environmental assessment reports on the Rs45 billion Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT) project of Lahore...

    The court had taken up four separate but identical petitions moved by the Punjab government, Lahore Development Authority, Punjab Mass Transit Autho­rity and National Engi­neering Services Pakistan (Nespak), filed against...

  • Solar-powered ATMs to deliver clean drinking water in Pakistan

    LAHORE: Punjab is set to launch an innovation for water-short Pakistan: Solar-powered ATMs that dispense clean water when a smart card is scanned...

    The project, a collaboration between the Punjab Saaf Pani (Clean Water) Company and the Innovations for Poverty Alleviation Lab (IPAL), a research centre in Lahore, aims to install a water ATM on each of a series of water filtration plants being established in rural and urban fringe areas...

  • Pakistan Railways to introduce solar-powered traffic signalling system

    ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Railways was informed on Thursday that Pakistan Railways would shortly introduce a modern solar-powered traffic signalling system, under which there would be an alarm system to alert train drivers of any activity on the track within a distance of 3...

    A package of Rs100,000 for low-paid train drivers under study, Senate panel toldReferring to the handing over of 34 acres of land to Defence...

  • Is Pakistan's solar power poised to take off amid energy crisis?

    Solar energy production in Pakistan is poised to take off ? just as the South Asian country is ramping up coal production to help plug a crippling power crisis, energy experts say...

    New high quality solar maps ? essential to securing financing for major solar projects ? show Pakistan is one of the world's best countries for producing solar energy because of its arid climate and latitude...

  • World's largest solar park to light up Pakistan's future

    Some 400,000 solar panels, spread over 200 hectares of flat desert, glare defiantly at the sun at what is known as the Quaid-e-Azam Solar Power Park (QASP) in Cholistan Desert, Punjab, named after Pakistan’s founding father, Mohammad Ali Jinnah...

    The 100MW photovoltaic cells (PV) solar farm was built by Chinese company Xinjiang SunOasis in just three months, and started selling electricity to the national grid in August...

  • Solar, nuclear, hydel? Pakistan's best power solution is...

    Without commenting on the commercial (and political) viability of KBD, exactly how cheap can hydel tariffs be?What about the cost to recover the massive investment that such large-scale projects entail?And do they run throughout the year?Some fun facts: Did you know that the Tarbela Hydel Power Station, Pakistan’s largest dam and hydel plant with a total power generation rating of 3478MW, produced on average only 1733MW (less than 50pc)...

  • Pakistan, Norway ink MoU for 150MW solar power plants

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Norway signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for construction of three solar power plants to generate a total of 150MW of electricity, said a statement issued on Tuesday...

    Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg witnessed the signing ceremony of a MoU between Scatec Solar of Norway and Nizam Energy of Pakistan to jointly develop the solar power plants on a build-own-operate...

  • Solar scale-up in Pakistan hits roadblock after payments cut

    BAHAWALPUR: An effort to boost large-scale solar energy production in Pakistan has hit a roadblock after the government slashed the rate it pays for solar electricity, frustrating investors...

    The Punjab government set up the 100-megawatt Quaid-i-Azam Solar Park in the Cholistan desert in March 2015 as a pilot project to lure foreign investment for an additional 900MW of power...

  • Is solar power really the best solution for Pakistan?

    As most of the debate is, at best, misinformed, it will be helpful to analyse what is the best source of electricity and more importantly how kosher solar is...

    Solar power — which was once the darling of media folks and ‘aam awaam’ for its supposed ”free power” nature — is subject to much ridicule these days ever since it emerged that the recently setup 100MWp Quaid-e-Azam Solar Power Plant (QASP) in Bahawalpur is producing too...

  • Pakistan first country to benefit from high-quality solar maps: World Bank

    Pakistan has become the first country to benefit from duly validated, high-quality solar maps under a global initiative, allowing it to tap into its renewable energy resources more effectively, the World Bank said in a press release on Tuesday...

    The new solar maps for Pakistan were unveiled today at a workshop hosted by the Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) and the World Bank in Islamabad...

  • Solar eclipse on Thursday, to be visible in Pakistan

    KARACHI: The Met Office has announced that there will be an annular eclipse of the sun on Dec 26 (Thursday) and it will be visible in Pakistan...

    The solar eclipse will be visible in eastern Europe, much of Asia, northern and western Australia, eastern Africa, Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean, according to the Met Office...

  • Solar Impulse takes off for six-day, six-night Pacific flight

    NANJING: The revolutionary Solar Impulse 2 aircraft took off early on Sunday for a six-day, six-night flight over the Pacific Ocean, the most ambitious leg of its quest to circumnavigate the globe powered only by the sun...

    It is the seventh and longest section of the maiden solar-powered global circumnavigation, an attempt to promote green energy...

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