ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Renewable Energy Society (PRES) installed forty five Solar Home Systems (SHS) in a village of District Attock in collaboration with the association for Development of Pakistan (ADP).
Each of the SHS in the village consisted 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 mobiles, said a press release on Tuesday.
Once the sun sets, the only source of light in most part of rural areas is a dim kerosene lamp producing health-hazardous smoke.
Due to the lack of light, social time, housework and further any educational activities for the children are restricted in the evening.
The provision of SHS to villagers for electricity production gives families access to lighting and improves the livelihoods of people living in this rural region.
The use of solar lighting instead of kerosene lamps has positive effects on people’s health and leads to reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Zaffar Iqbal, a villager expects the positive impacts of this project on households in the areas, “before having this solar system, I used kerosene and diesel to provide lighting in our house.
Now, I would be able to focus on my children’s education, our kids will now be able to study at night.”
The representative of ADP informed that there are several reasons why we believed it was important to fund this project.
The village is not connected to the national electric grid and therefore, has no access to electricity. Currently, the villagers use kerosene lamps which are costly to purchase and hazardous to long-term health.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, the Vice President of PRES, Engr. Tauqir Umer said, “We hope that households who have received the solar home systems will take full advantage of these systems and their livelihood would improve.”
He said the aim of the project is to give access to clean and reliable sources of lighting through solar power to impoverished communities across Pakistan.