Asian Development Bank grants loan to build solar-power plant in Afghanistan

Salaam Times

KABUL -- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is granting a $4 million (316.6 million AFN) loan to build a 15 MW solar-power plant in Afghanistan, the ADB said in a statement on Tuesday (May 21).

The borrower is Barakat Kandahar Solar Energy, a company majority owned by the 77 Afghanistan engineering firm. 77 Afghanistan is a subsidiary of the Turkish company 77 Group.

"Having a stable, sustainable, and reliable energy source is important for the growth and development prospects of Afghanistan," ADB official Mohammed Azim Hashimi said in the statement.

Afghanistan ranks in the bottom 5% of countries in per capita electricity usage. Only 30% of Afghans were connected to the power grid in 2015. Solar power accounts for only about 1% of the Afghan energy mix.

The Afghan government plans to have renewable power, including solar, contribute at least 40% of the country's electricity by 2032.

The Kandahar Solar Power Project, when complete, will reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions by 8,500 tonnes. Its completion date wasn't disclosed.

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electricity is the main point of the development of a country and afghanistan need more then any thing else for electricity