Pakistan’s parliament is now officially the first parliament building in the world that is 100 percent solar powered. At a cost of slightly over 53 million dollars, Pakistan’s government has installed a top of the range rooftop photovoltaic solar system that is used as the main supply for the parliament building. There are other countries whose parliament buildings are solar powered but they are only partially solar powered.
There are indeed several benefits of using solar power as the main power source with the first one being the fact that solar power is a green energy source and the move by Pakistan’s government to have the parliament building being fully powered by solar energy will is a way of conserving the environment.
The second benefit of solar power is of course related to the cost maintaining this power system. Indeed, the installation cost of an extensive solar power system such as the one installed in Pakistan’s parliament building can be very high. However, once the system is installed one will not have to incur periodical power bills as is the case with receiving power from the national grid. The annual power bill for a huge building such as Pakistan’s parliament building can indeed be very high and therefore, the solar power system will act as a cost saving measure in the long run.
One of the main hindrances to increased uptake of solar power and other renewable energy power sources is lack of proper information. Most people do not use these energy sources simply because they do not understand their benefits or have not witnessed the implementation of the same. The parliament building is indeed one of the most famous buildings in Pakistan and the use of solar power to power parliament building will translate to more people getting to know the benefits of solar power. Consequently, more Pakistanis will be receptive to the idea of installing solar panels for domestic use and this will ultimately result to low power costs across the country and greater conservation of the environment.