Pakistan’s Solar Energy Adoption Faces Taxation Hurdles

pakistan's solar energy adoption faces taxation hurdles

The government is thinking about a new idea from the Central Power Purchasing Agency. They want to put a tax on people who use solar panels for their homes or businesses.

The Central Power Purchasing Agency, or CPPA, wants to charge a tax of PKP 2,000 for every kilowatt of power people use from solar panels. This tax would apply to people who have solar panels that are 12 kilowatts or more.

The CPPA’s plan was first sent to the Ministry of Energy for approval. Now, it’s waiting for Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to give it the final okay.

If the prime minister says yes, people with 12-kilowatt solar panels will have to pay a tax of PKP 24,000.

At the same time, the government is looking at the prices of solar panels. They’re also thinking about ways to make them cheaper.

Meanwhile, the government in Sindh is making plans to use solar energy in its prisons. They want to install solar kits that are between 200 and 600KV in jails all over the province. They’ll use this solar power to run fans in the prisoner barracks.

The work has already started in some jails, like Karachi Central Jail, Women’s Jail, and Landhi Jail. After that, they’ll move on to other jails like those in Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas, Badin, and more.

On another note, government employees from big institutions protested at Karachi Port recently. This caused problems with importing and exporting because containers got stuck at the port without being cleared.

It turns out the strike was organized by officers and employees who work with Pakistan Standard and Quality Control at the port.

A former vice president of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry said the employees were protesting because they weren’t getting their bonuses and incentives.