ISLAMABAD: Dhoke Attu Wali, a village in Jand tehsil of Attock district, has been lit by solar power, courtesy Pakistan Renewable Energy Society (PRES), a non-profit organization working for the promotion of renewable energy technologies in the country.
With the support of Association for Development of Pakistan (ADP), a total of 45 solar home systems (SHS) have been installed in the village, including mosques and a school.
Each of the SHS consists of a 80 watt solar panel, a 65 amp-hour battery, and a charge controller both coupled in a box.
The system powers two 6 watt LED bulbs, a DC fan and can also charge mobile phone batteries, said a press release.
The provision of SHS to villagers for electricity production gives families access to lighting and improves their livelihoods in the rural region.
The use of solar lighting instead of kerosene lamps has positive effects on people’s health and leads to reduction of environment damaging gas emissions.
Families with SHS are now able to study after dark, or extend the productive workday long after the sun sets.
According to Zaffar Iqbal, a villager, the project would have positive impact on the households in the area.
“Before having this solar system, I used kerosene oil and diesel to light my home. Now, my kids will be able to study at night.”
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, PRES Vice President Engineer Tauqir Umer said, “We hope the households who have received the solar home systems will take full advantage and improve their livelihood.”
He said the aim of their organization was to give access to clean and reliable sources of lighting through solar power to impoverished communities across Pakistan.
An ADP representative said they funded the project because the village was not connected to the national grid.