Kohat, 9 December 2021 (TDI): Solar power is the future of sustainable development, and UNOPS is doing its part to pave the way. The organization’s Solar Energy Program in Pakistan is helping to create a more sustainable future by providing access to renewable energy for more than 1.8 million people.

The solar panel installation will help Pakistan move away from reliance on fossil fuels, which has led to frequent blackouts throughout the country. Given the rising issue associated with the use of fossil energy, it is one small step to a future of sustainable energy.

Combining two issues, the problem of increasing the level of literacy within the country and the lack of energy resources within the country, UNOP has managed to tackle both the problems.

In a tweet posted through their official Twitter handle, the organization celebrated having had the opportunity to truly make a difference within the rural areas of Pakistan.

UNOP together with the fundings brought forward by the Common Wealth Development office of the UK, as well as the funds that were given by the Saudi Government to garner greater development, some 130,000 school-going children are now having greater access to the educational process provided to them by their schools.

This has duly also assisted the teachers in delivering their services in a better way to their students, given the temperatures in the district rose to 45 degrees celsius quite frequently, and the power shortages would often result in the schools having to discontinue their services.

Solar Energy in Pakistan

Pakistan is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, with a GDP growth of 5.8%. However, it has also experienced widespread blackouts due to reliance on fossil fuels. With many Pakistanis having little or no access to mains electricity, the country’s new solar energy initiative will provide an alternative source of power for 1.8 million people.

While UNOPS has been working in Pakistan since 2009 and has helped more than 1.8 million people access renewable energy sources like solar panels. UNOPS’ Solar Energy Program in Pakistan is preparing for its next stage of growth by installing more than 150 solar systems across the country.

UNOPS has been working within the country for several years. One of the goals it laid forwards within the Solar Energy Program in Pakistan was to install close to 10,000 solar panels on several hundred rooftops by late 2018. Enriching lives through this solar power program in KPK was one of the many areas that fell into this program made in 2018.

It is believed that this will help Pakistan meet its goal of increasing its share of sustainable energy sources from 3% to 8% by 2030. Furthermore, this program will also give some of the poorest residents in Pakistan access to electricity for household activities like studying and cooking food.

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A student standing in front of her new solar-powered school, made possible by UNOPS.
Benefits of the project for Pakistani citizens

The UNOPS Solar Energy Program is a project with many benefits, both for the environment and the people of Pakistan. The project will help the country move away from reliance on fossil fuels and electric blackouts, which have been a major inconvenience for Pakistani citizens in recent years.

In addition to providing reliable power to more than 1.8 million people, this solar panel installation will also provide new jobs and business opportunities for Pakistanis living in rural areas. This project is a prime example of how sustainable development can improve the lives of citizens in developing countries.

As solar power becomes increasingly popular around the world, it’s important to take note of the benefits that renewable energy can have on communities with limited access to electricity.