Afghanistan awards 50 MW of hybrid solar projects

Solar panels in Afghanistan. Photo by: ResoluteSupportMedia. License: Creative Commons. Attribution 2.0 Generic.

May 22 (Renewables Now) - The Afghani Ministry of Energy and Water has awarded a contract to China’s Shuangdeng Group for the construction of a 40-MW hybrid solar park in the landlocked country.

The Chinese energy storage systems supplier has secured the USD-59.7-million (EUR-50.7m) contract following a competitive selection. Under its terms, it will build the 40-MW facility at the Hisar-e-Shahi Industrial Park in Nangarhar province, Mercom Capital reports.

Meanwhile, Indian solar module manufacturer Waaree Energies has received an award notification for the design, procrement and installation of a 10-MW solar hybrid plant in Khost province. According to the Ministry's website, local contractors and agencies can object to the award to Waaree Energies by May 27. In case there is no opposition, the contract will be awarded to the Indian firm.

Afghanistan is turning to solar power to meet its rising energy demand as it is currently highly dependent on foreign imports. Its renewable energy potential, mainly solar, is estimated at over 300,000 MW, according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.850)

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