UNDP launches tender for hydro-solar hybrid mini grid in Afghanistan

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Afghanistan Country Office, has issued a tender for the construction of a 340 kW hydro-solar hybrid mini grid in Dara-e-Noor District, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.

The project will be supported by the country’s Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) in the frame of the Afghanistan Sustainable Energy for Rural Development (ASERD) programme.

The proposed project will provide with power to seven villages, which are not expected to be connected to the grid in the near future; namely Shemol, Kandak, Lagak, Bamba kot, Panju Qala, Omar Qala and Shokialy.

According to the tender document, these villages, which are managed by their own community development councils (CDC), have in total around 1,803 households, and a population of roughly 11,222.

The selected EPC contractor will have to guarantee one year of operation and maintenance of the installation. The solar unit of the power plant will have a capacity of 200 kW, and will also include a storage system. Interested contractors must submit their bids by March 29, 2018.

Through the ASERD program, the Afghan government and the UNDP hope to bring sustainable power to 200 rural communities over the next four years.

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Energy and Water aims to install 500 MW of PV plants by 2020. The country’s renewable energy policy is targeting 4 to 5 GW of new renewable energy capacity by 2030.