Afghan president inaugurate­s $39M solar energy project

Dünya Executive - - OVERVIEW -

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.

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