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Afghanistan Intends to Produce 2k Megawatt Power by 2020

(Last Updated On: April 9, 2017)

CaptureAfghan energy and water ministry officials say, within a 5 years framework, the country will produce 2k mg power with 500 megawatts will be produced through solar power plants.

“We aim to produce 5k megawatt electricity by 2032.  Practical steps have been launched. We would implement that project by two phases. The first phase is to produce 500 megawatt electricity by solar systems.” Mujtaba Haidari, Ministry’s renewable energy head informed reporters in Kabul today.

Afghanistan has a full 300 sunny days. That capacity enables Afghanistan to produce at least 222k megawatt solar energy. But, due to lack of private sector interest in using that energy, Afghanistan is using the minimum amount of that renewable energy.

“If we invest in the sector, not only we would become self-sufficient in that area, but we would also find the exporting capacity to countries surrounding.” Mohmmad Gul Khulmi, vice president for renewable energy union said in the meeting.

The officials in energy sector argue the private sector to invest in the sector and the government would provide all required facilities.

Afghanistan currently imports a majority of its required electricity from neighboring countries which only serve 45 percent of resident’s need for power.

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