Decentralized solar devices such as PV-powered portable irrigation pumps are technically viable solutions to meet the energy needs of food value chains across the high-altitude Hindu Kush Himalaya region, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
The facility will be developed under the World Bank’s Scaling Solar initiative on a public-private partnership basis in Herat province.
The funds will be used to implement the Sindh Solar Energy Project, a scheme aimed at increasing solar power generation and access to electricity in Sindh province.
While a large floating solar power plant is being planned in Ukraine, within a huge renewable energy complex at the water reservoir Kakhovka, the Asian Development Bank has targeted Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, and the Kyrgyz Republic as three countries possessing strong potential for this emerging technology.
The International Financial Corporation will help the country’s government competitively tender the project, which is expected to be developed through a public-private partnership.
The Chinese provider of storage and back-up power systems has been awarded the $59.7 million contract to build the facility, which will be located at an industrial area in the Nangarhar province. The tender had been issued in September 2017.
The project is part of the country’s Afghanistan Sustainable Energy for Rural Development (ASERD) program, which aims to bring sustainable power to 200 rural communities over the next four years.
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