Khyber Pukhtunkhwa government has decided to install solar energy systems at 8000 schools, 187 basic health units (BHUs) and 4000 mosques under “Access to Clean Energy Programme.” Contracts for the implementation of projects under this programme have awarded to construction firms. Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide financial assistance of Rs.4.4 billion for solarisation of schools and BHUs, whereas funds of Rs.2.4 billion shall be allocated in ADP of next fiscal year for installing solar kits on mosques.
Solarisation of schools and BHUs will rid grassroots health and education facilities from the day to day problems of power outages, tripping in electricity distribution system and saving of money that is spent on inflated bills. The suspension in power supply to the BHUs and Rural Health Centers (RHCs) has made the primary healthcare system dysfunctional. The available equipment for minor surgical procedure could not be used for treating the outdoor patients. Likewise, vaccines could not be stored in optimum temperature to protect their efficacy. Hopefully, solarisation projects shall be completed as per schedule.