Article published on www.solarserver.com, August 6, 2012
New Zealand's Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully in August 2012 announced, the nation will provide USD 18.6 million for a solar photovoltaic (PV) energy system in the Bamyan province of Afghanistan. The 1.05 MW solar plant will be the largest in Afghanistan.
Two New Zealand companies, NetCon Ltd. and Sustainable Energy Services International, have been awarded the contract, with construction expected to be completed at the end of 2013.
Solar power for the province
“New Zealand has had a close relationship with Bamyan since the first Provincial Reconstruction Team arrived in 2003. Energy is a top priority for Afghanistan’s development and the government of Bamyan is welcoming this initiative to bring power to the province,” Mr McCully says.
Government to set a tariff that is affordable but also covers the cost of maintenance
“We are pleased to be able to provide a system that will reliably supply power to about 2500 homes, businesses, and government buildings. This project is as much about building a utility and training staff as it is about constructing a reliable energy facility. The system must be sustainable in the long term, so to that end the government will set a tariff that is affordable but also covers the cost of maintenance," Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully emphasized.
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