TIKA Enables Solar Power For Gaza’s Palestinian Bar Association Headquarters


The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) has equipped the Palestinian Bar Association’s headquarters building in the Gaza Strip with a solar energy system to generate electricity.


In response to the enduring social and economic challenges in Gaza, compounded by prolonged power outages due to years of blockade, TIKA stated that the quality of life has been adversely affected. The power cuts have notably impacted the Gaza Bar Association, which supports 2,500 members and provides extensive professional training for aspiring lawyers.

Orhan Aydin, the coordinator of the Turkish Agency in Palestine, highlighted that the newly installed solar energy system has successfully eliminated power interruptions and significantly reduced the financial burden of electricity costs.


Safi Al-Dahdouh, Deputy Head of the Palestinian Bar Association, expressed that the persistent 16-hour daily power cuts have posed considerable challenges. The solution brought by the solar energy initiative is seen as a triumph for the Palestinian population, reflecting the Turkish government and people’s dedication to supporting Palestinian institutions and addressing their crises.

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The Gaza Strip’s residents grapple with deteriorating economic conditions primarily caused by the Israeli blockade since 2007, coupled with protracted electricity shortages lasting several hours each day. The average daily duration of electricity connection is around 12 hours, interspersed with frequent outages lasting an hour or more.

The Strip’s electricity demand reaches about 400 megawatts, with only 212 megawatts available. This supply includes 120 megawatts from Israel, 32 megawatts from Egypt, and 60 megawatts generated by Gaza’s sole electricity company.

Temporary improvements in production, funded by Qatar, temporarily raised output to 85 to 95 megawatts in early August, with continued operation at this capacity scheduled until early September.

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