New Zealand to help fund, build largest solar energy plant in Afghanistan
New Zealand is to help fund the largest solar energy plantin Afghanistan, which will be built by two New Zealand companies, the New Zealand governmentannounced Thursday.
Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully said the New Zealand government would provide 18.6million NZ dollars (15.05 million U. S. dollars) for a solar energy system in the Bamyan province,where New Zealand troops have been helping in reconstruction.
Two New Zealand companies, NetCon Ltd. and Sustainable Energy Services International, hadbeen awarded the contract for the 1.05 MW plant, with construction expected to be completedat the end of 2013, McCully said in a statement.
“New Zealand has had a close relationship with Bamyan since the first ProvincialReconstruction Team arrived in 2003. Energy is a top priority for Afghanistan’s developmentand the government of Bamyan is welcoming this initiative to bring power to the province, “McCully said.
“We are pleased to be able to provide a system that will reliably supply power to about 2,500homes, businesses, and government buildings,” he said.
“This project is as much about building a utility and training staff as it is about constructing areliable energy facility. The system must be sustainable in the long term, so to that end thegovernment will set a tariff that is affordable, but also covers the cost of maintenance.”
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