Afghan president inaugurates $39M solar energy project
On July 3 Afghan President Ashraf Ghani inaugurated a $39 million mega solar power plant in Afghanistan’s energy-starved southern Kandahar province. The plant, which will produce a total of 30 megawatts of electricity was jointly developed by Zularistan Energy of Afghanistan (ZEFA) and Turkey’s 77 Construction company, following an agreement with the Afghan government in February 2018. Ghani dubbed the development a milestone in terms of the advent and use of solar energy in Afghanistan. He stressed this public-private partnership project would help boost the local economy - particularly the production, processing and marketing of Kandahar’s hallmark pomegranates and grapes. Despite having immense potential for solar and hydroelectricity, landlocked Afghanistan relies heavily on electricity imported mainly from Central Asian states.