Due to the lack of city-provided electricity, this winter has seen an increase in the harnessing of solar power by Kabul residents.
Residents of Kabul said that the shortage of electricity makes them use solar power to meet their needs.
“For the use of solar power, we spend 12,000 afghanis, and use it for brightness at night…” said Zalullah Fayaz, a Kabul resident.
“In Kabul, there are electrical problems, and we have to use solar power, we only charge our mobiles from solar and use it for lighting,” said Waqar Shagiwal, a Kabul resident.
Meanwhile, sellers of solar power systems in the capital said that their market has become prosperous compared to the past.
“The solar power market has become better compared to the past, people who have a better economic situation buy a solar power system,” said Aqdas a solar seller.
Meantime the Ministry of Energy and Water said that currently six major solar power generation projects exist in Afghanistan.
“The Ministry of Energy and Water will soon submit five solar energy projects in Kabul, Balkh, and Herat provinces for investment,” said Farhad Mohammadi, head of energy programs of the Ministry of Energy and Water.
According to the Ministry of Energy and Water, Afghanistan has the capacity to produce 222,000 MW of solar energy, and this ministry is negotiating with Turkish, Chinese, and other countries’ companies for investment and construction of solar power projects.
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