About 35 hoardings have been shifted from conventional electricity to solar energy in the city, Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) Energy Conservation General Manager (GM) Tahir Bisharat Cheema said on Friday.

In a fresh bid to strengthen the national power-grid with another 400 MWs, 159 licences have already been issued to prospective corporate stakeholders to carry on with renewable energy power generation, and interested parties are bound to complete their projects within a set timeframe of two years, a Ministry of Power and Energy press release said.

Federal Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervez Ashraf told a press conference on Wednesday that the country's first ever windmill project in Jhimpir, Sindh, will become functional on April 19. This would mark an important beginning towards power production from alternative sources of energy. Built by a Turkish company, the project is part of a 50mw wind farm.

San Francisco: Californians could soon be powering their homes, and no doubt their hot tubs, from a space-based solar electricity programme.

The plan by the state

A TIMELY call by experts at a roundtable the other day for alternative energy sources, undoubtedly, remind the planners both in the public and private sectors of the urgency of expediting the adoption of renewable energy technologies for meeting the growing demands for electricity.

Advancing clocks by an hour from April 15 (Tuesday night) all over the country would help utilise maximum daylight and conserve energy. The daylight saving would be adopted by advancing the clocks by an hour with effect from April 15, according to a notification issued by the Ministry of Interior.

Death drives India

A Florida utility and a real estate developer are aiming to bring the country's first solar-powered city to the Sunshine State.

In the backdrop of scarcity of electricity one may think of daylight saving by advancing clock timing which is in practice in Europe and other countries. Bangladesh is a tropical country where difference of day and night time is not too wide. Sun shines 10 to 12 hours in daytime around the year. As such advancing the clock by an hour will not be useful for us.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Hasan Mahmud yesterday sought assistance from Switzerland for strengthening local government bodies and supplying solar panel to meet the demand for power in remote areas.

Mahmud sought the Swiss cooperation for imparting training to the women vice chairmen of the upazila parishads.