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2019

SOLAR POWER PLANTS IN NORTHERN IRAQ

Irak

Titre : SOLAR POWER PLANTS IN NORTHERN IRAQ

Pays  : Irak

Date/Durée : Nov 2019 // Oct 2023

Projet ID : IRQ 1024-19

Contexte
Farman is a farmer and owns a grocery store in Sinuni in northern Iraq. His store in the marketplace of the small town is very popular - he also sells fresh fruit and locally grown vegetables. However, Farman faces a big problem : He doesn’t have a functioning cold storage room to keep the produce he buys from local farmers fresh. Especially in the hot summer months, the fruits and vegetables spoil quickly, and he can not sell the products after just one day in the store. This leads to food waste and a 30 percent loss of profit.

But running a cold room in this area is extremely expensive. After the so-called Islamic State invaded Iraq in 2014, electronic infrastructure was completely destroyed in many parts of the country. Today, the state’s power grid is notoriously unstable, with regular outages due to insufficient generation capacity and a dilapidated distribution infrastructure. Many places are no longer connected to the power grid at all, and there is a lack of funds for reconstruction. As a result, reliable electricity is only available through expensive diesel generators, which pollute the environment and the health of the population.

In northern Iraq, however, solar energy has great potential : annual solar radiation in the Sinjar region, for example, is around 1950 kWh/m2 - almost twice as much as in Germany. And unlike in urban areas, where most people have a high demand for electricity, the needs of people in rural areas can often be met by solar energy solutions. That is why Welthungerhilfe promotes the use of solar energy in its project areas using best-practice examples to boost confidence in this green technology.

Description
What Welthungerhilfe does in Northern Iraq
* Through the use of solar energy, sustainable livelihoods are being created for both returnees and host community members.
* At least 14,000 people now have electricity, running water, cold storage and solar-powered irrigation systems through the use of solar.
* Smallholder farmers are being trained in higher-yielding farming methods and becoming trainers themselves. In decentralized training courses, they now pass on their acquired knowledge to the population.
* Dysfunctional value chains are restored and agricultural production is diversified to improve income.

Institutional donors  :

Project Budget 2022 : € 1,473,446
Overall project budget : € 4,500,000

Présentation : Welthungerhilfe

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