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Afghanistan Capable To Generate 220,000 Megawatt Electricity From Solar System

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Kabul (BNA) Officials of Afghanistan Ministry of Water and Energy (MoWE) have said that new surveys show that the country is capable to produce up to 220.000 megawatt electricity from its natural resources.
“Afghanistan is counted amongst the richest nations in terms of energy particularly solar energy; our capability of producing solar energy is even beyond the capabilities of Pakistan, India and Saudi Arabia which are among the warmest countries in the region,” said Amanullah Ghalib, Acting Chief of Solar Energy Production Department of Ministry of Water and Energy, “It’s expected that some solar equipment are installed in at least six provinces of the country which would generate 30 megawatt electricity.”
Meanwhile, economic analysts have applauded the endeavor of Ministry of Water and Energy for generation of solar energy and urge that Afghanistan has the best climate in the world and is fully capable of generating thousands of megawatts electricity through hydro and solar system.
“We need investment in energy sector, Afghanistan a rich country in terms of natural resources, the government must focus on investment,” economic expert Mohammad Akram said. “People in some areas of the country have already used solar energy and the outcomes have been remarked.”
“Solar system has brought up may facilities to the resident in Logar province, we even cook our meals in solar energy and people are completely satisfied,” local resident in Logar province Mohmmad Agha said.
Economic commentators believe that Afghanistan not succeeded to get self-reliance in power generation field despite billions of dollars financial cooperation of international community since 2001.
Afghanistan needs to focus on expansion of investments and training technical cadres to extract mines and develop energy production.

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