The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has said that 12,700 schools have been shifted to solar energy in Pakistan.
ADB has empowered thousands of schools in Punjab with reliable supply of electricity with Solar Energy under their “Access to Clean Energy Investment Program”.
These schools are off-grid or have had repeated power outages in the past. Classrooms now have sufficient lighting, ventilation, and access to drinking water, greatly enhancing the learning environment for kids, particularly in the blistering summer heat in the southern portion of the province.
Students enrollment has increased in government schools according to a government school teacher. According to the teacher, previously did not send their children to school in the summer before the solar panels were installed.
Now the number of students have increased in schools after uninterrupted electricity is available for classrooms for lightning and cooling facilities to support the students in better learning.
They were installed with the help of the Asian Development Bank and offer reliable electricity to schools that previously had blackouts, resulting in a significantly better learning environment, especially during the scorching summers in southern Punjab.
Over 12,700 public schools now have access to reliable solar energy at a lesser cost, benefiting 1.4 million pupils and saving Rs 509 million (about $2.8 million) annually.
Solar panels are also being installed in 4,200 additional schools, as well as over 2,000 basic health units, to ensure that healthcare services are delivered on a continual basis. The solar panels installations have not only helped schools and hospitals to give better facilities but is also is beneficial to help the climate change impacts.
Currently Pakistan is facing severe heatwaves because of the climate changes. If Pakistan move towards green energy (provided by Solar and wind energy) and also focus on afforestation (like billion tree tsunami all over the country) it might help counter the impacts of the climate change on Pakistan.
Moving towards renewable energy and increased forests in not an option anymore, it is the need of the hour. Previously it was optional but now its a survival game for Pakistan.