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‘Electricity-in-a-Box’ project inaugurated near Kabul

‘Electricity-in-a-Box’ project inaugurated near Kabul

Dec 19, 2018 - 17:41

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Afghan Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) on Wednesday inaugurated the distribution of 80 off-grid solar kits called “electricity-in-a-box” to rural households without grid electricity near Kabul.

Residents of Naway Niyaz village of Char Asyab district will receive the innovative electricity solution that packages together three disruptive energy technologies: solar power, super-efficient appliances, and lithium-ion batteries that power electric cars, a MRRD statement said.

Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development Mujib Rahman Karimi, Minister of Energy and Water Gul Mohammad Khulmi and ADB Country Director for Afghanistaninfo-icon Samuel Tumiwa attended the inauguration. 

“Access to clean and affordable electricity is a very important driving factor for inclusive economic growth and social development of rural communities in Afghanistan,” said Tumiwa.

“Although the long-term goal is to provide access to grid-electricity for all of Afghanistan, this may take some time. As an interim measure, we need to provide access to electricity as soon as possible. These kits are part of this solution.”

The “electricity-in-a-box” package uses recent technological advances to make off-grid connections economically more viable and environmentally friendly and provide not only solar photovoltaic panels to generate energy, but also more durable lithium-ion batteries for storage and energy efficient 12-volt DC appliances including a television set, refrigerator, fan, and LED lights for daily household usage.

The recipients will contribute a monthly fee, through a community led cooperative, for operation and maintenance of the kits.

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