Officials cut a ribbon to inaugurate the Hybrid mini-grid Solar-Hydro in Dar-i Noor district of Nangarhar province. Photo: UNDP Afghanistan / ASERD / 2021

A hybrid mini-grid of Solar-hydro with a total capacity of 340 KW has been inaugurated in Dar-i Noor district of Nangarhar Province. The Deputy Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD), H.E Popal Habibi; the Nangarhar Governor, H.E. Zia ul-Haq Amarkhil and Senior Deputy Resident Representative of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Afghanistan, Ms. Surayo Buzurukova were present at the ceremony. The Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, H.E. Choi Tae-Ho and other Government officials attended virtually.

Lack of sustainable and affordable electricity has been a significant challenge for the Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) operating in the area and the main barrier to expanding their activities. In addition to being very expensive, the use of diesel generators has resulted in air pollution and health problems for the local residents. Due to lack of electricity, children have not able to study at night.

The Afghanistan Sustainable Energy for Rural Development (ASERD) project, under which the mini-grid has been constructed, is aligned with the Government of Afghanistan’s priorities. It is a flagship project of the MRRD and UNDP Afghanistan and is financially supported by the Republic of Korea and UNDP Afghanistan.

ASERD plans to develop additional renewable energy mini-grids. In addition, it intends to develop policies, best practices and guidelines for encouraging decentralized, renewable energy access to fulfill thermal and electrical energy demand in rural Afghanistan.


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6.     Ava press:

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10.  MRRD Official FB Page:

11.  RTA Pashto:

12.  Nangarhar Governor’s Office Media:

13.  Voice of America:

14.  8 Subh news:

15.  Bokhdin News:

16.  Sadaee Afghan News:

17.  Mashal Radio:

18.  Roydad News:

19.  Khwasasht News:

20.  Deputy Minister, Popal Habibi’s tweet:

21.  Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Afghanistan:



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