23 September 2020
Phelan Energy Group Ltd is delighted to announce two new innovative solar projects that’s first of their kind in Afghanistan, a Floating Project and a Battery Energy Storage project, in collaboration with its local Partner, Zularistan Ltd., with support and viability gap funding from USAID and the Government of Afghanistan.
Our projects will significantly improve the economy and living standards of Afghanistan, its people as the country is currently experiencing an energy crisis.
Better electricity services will help Afghanistan’s development by stimulating job growth, production, and improving the quality of life for millions of people by giving them electricity at the press of a switch. Louise Phelan, CEO Phelan Energy Group Ltd “says everyone globally should have access to electricity at the flick of a switch and we need to build these services for our current and future generations”.
The Naghlu will be a first of its kind in Afghanistan as it is an innovative 24MWp floating solar PV project constructed on a Dam, in Kabul province. Not only will the floating solar PV project produce much needed electricity, but it will also contribute to water conservation which is crucially important in this dry and rugged land.
Our second project Mazar is a ground mounted 40 MWp solar PV plant in Balkh Province. Our project will showcase the recent innovations in the solar industry by incorporating bifacial solar modules as well as a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) which will allow the project to dispatch electricity even when the sun does not shine.
Collectively these projects will produce enough electricity to power over 60,000 households in Afghanistan. The projects are strategically located to serve industrial zones in the economic hubs of Afghanistan to boost economic activities and create additional jobs.
Capital expenditure on both projects will be ca. USD 75 million.
Afghanistan relies heavily on electricity imports, 73% of the power supply are from neighbouring countries. Sadly, only 39% of the population is connected to the grid, among the lowest globally.
The development of our two projects will help provide long term energy security for Afghanistan by allowing it to generate electricity from its own natural resources. Louise Phelan comments to say that “this is a momentous day for Phelan Energy Group, Our Partner, Afghanistan Government, and the People of Afghanistan”. Phelan Energy Group and Zularistan have also developed the 15MWp Kandahar Sunshine solar PV project in Kandahar, which was one of the country’s first national IPP project in solar sector. Phelan Energy Group have an extensive pipeline of projects for future development in Afghanistan.