Afghanistan signs MoU with UAE to Build Solar Power Plant

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The Government of Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates-based PAL 4 Solar Energy LLC recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for a solar power plant. The agreement was signed at the Afghan Embassy in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The office of the presidency said Tuesday in a statement that the project would be implemented across the country.

The MoU was signed in the presence of Kabir Isakhel, Chief Legal Advisor for President Ashraf Ghani by Mohammad Zafar, managing director of the solar power company, Ataullah Nasib, head of the Investment Facilitation Unit of the Office of the President, and Ahmad Daud Noorzai the CEO of Afghanistan’s power company, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS).

Once the project is commissioned it will generate up to 3,000 MW of electricity across the country.

UAE will invest in the installation of solar panel plants which will produce electricity, according to the agreement.

At present Afghanistan has three solar power plants which are in Bamiyan, Herat, and Kandahar provinces.

The Ministry of Energy and Water has stated in the past that “The renewable energy resource potential of Afghanistan is estimated at over 300,000 MW which includes natural gas, biomass, hydropower, solar, and wind power.

In 2017, a report published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) stated that Afghanistan has the potential to produce 67,000 megawatts of electricity from wind energy, 220,000 megawatts electricity from solar energy, 4,000 megawatts of clean energy from biomass and 23,000 megawatts of electricity from water resources annually.

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