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Nangarhar mulling plan to produce 400MW solar energy

Nangarhar mulling plan to produce 400MW solar energy

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Mar 28, 2019 - 19:31

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Local officials on Thursday said they were working on a plan to produce 400 megawatts of solar electricity in eastern Nangarhar province.

Governor’s spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani, told Pajhwok Afghan News that 2,500 acres of land was required to produce the electricity from solar panels.

He said a meeting for working on a such plan was organized by deputy governor Tamim Momand in Jalalabad, the provincial capital. The meeting was attended by Monand and officials of the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG), the Ministry of Finance, Da Afghanistaninfo-icon Breshna Sherkat (DABS) and the Land Authority.

Esmatullah Sharifi, head of a DABS delegation form Kabulinfo-icon, said that 400MW of electricity would be produced from solar panels in Nangarhar and the project would occupy 2,500 acres of land and would cost $400 million.

The deputy governor said implementation of the project would help resolve problems in the local industry faced with regard to electricity in Nangarhar.

He assured that security and other required facilities for the project’s implementation would be provided. He directed the officials concerned to specify the land for the project.

Nasrat Jamil, head of Nangarhar Land Authority, said that thousands of acres of land was available for the project and he was ready to cooperate in this regard any time.

A joint team from the departments concerned was created to specify the land for the project after a comprehensive survey.

Attaullah Khogyani said there were enough deserts in Nangarhar for production of solar energy and a place would be selected after the survey.

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