Balkh has resources to generate renewable energy
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): An official on Wednesday said many facilities were available in northern Balkh province for investors in the energy sector.
Zabihullah Akhtari, a senior official at the Governor’s House, was talking to Pajhwok Afghan on the sidelines of a conference “Renewable Energy and the Media” in Mazar-i-Sharif, the provincial capital.
The conference was arranged by journalists in the north with support from Germany to discuss new methods used to produce energy.
Akhtari said facilities in form of radiation from the sun, wind, garbage piles in the city and geothermal resources at the Hairatan dry port were available to produce the renewable energy.
He said they had completed initial surveys in the four resources and were ready for investment to produce energy.
He said the renewable energy could find market on industrial level in Mazar-i-Sharif and local level in districts if businessmen came forward to invest in the four natural resources.
Akhtari said residents of Khulm, Nahr-i-Shahi, Dehdad, Balkh, Kaldar and Shortapa districts benefitted from imported electricity but residents of another eight districts did not properly avail the facility.
He said successful attempts had been made on government and private level to produce solar energy in Balkh.
He said solar panels and other related equipment were openly sold in the market benefitting common people and the government as well.
He also said small hydropower plants had been set up in various areas, electrifying from a signal home to an entire village.
The official revealed the Ghazanfar Group had started establishing a gas power station at a cost of $75 million in the province.
Head of the journalists’ union in the northern zone, Gulab Shah Bawar, who organised the conference, told Pajhwok Afghan News the event was aimed at drawing the media’s attention to the importance of electricity.
He said media could play an important role in creating awareness among the people to save energy and realise its value.
He said the Afghan media had the responsibility to encourage foreign companies for investment in the country’s energy sector.
He said like Balkh, other provinces of Afghanistan had the same natural resources which could be used to produce the renewable energy.
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