Muzaffargarh, Punjab: Locals of a nearby village, bady affected by floods last year, of Muzaffargarh can now read books and surf internet on their laptops as their houses are being run on solar energy.
The whole village comprising of 166 houses, has been built using solar energy as primary source for electricity.
A project of Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF), Farmers Development Board is the main sponsor of the project..
PPAF with in-kind contribution by the village residents in the form of unskilled labor, installed solar panels and streetlights in various villages located in Ehsanpur, Kot Addu which were without electricity for decades.
The immediate benefit of electrification is improved lighting, which is much brighter, cheaper and safer than that provided by kerosene lamps.
Utilizing local and renewable energy resources instead of diesel for power generation, not only protects the environment but also stimulates economic benefits for an improved quality of life.
Before this initiative the villagers had never seen an electric appliance in their houses.
Some villagers had to walk for hours to the nearest town even to charge their cell phones. Households generally had to use kerosene lanterns to carry out various chores during the dark which posed several threats such as respiratory diseases and fire hazards.
The land for the project which is about 20 acres in area was provided by provincial government of Punjab.