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Renewable energies and energy efficiency in rural regions of Afghanistan


Pays : Afghanistan

Lead executing agency : Ministry of Energy and Water

Commissioned by : German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Overall term : January 2008 to December 2012


Only about one in six rural inhabitants is connected to the electricity grid. Electricity is often generated at high cost by means of out-dated diesel generators. Even then, power is often only available for a few hours at a time, with major voltage fluctuations. This is the point of entry for GTZ’s energy programme, which places special emphasis on using renewable energies. The GTZ energy programme has been conducted since 2008 together with the German Development Service (DED) and Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW). It is part of the joint energy initiative of the Afghan, French and German Governments (AFGEI).


Providing a sustainable energy supply does not stop at installing the required infrastructure, such as building a small hydropower or solar power plant. The main aim of the programme is to prepare decision-makers at national level, first and foremost at the Ministry of Energy and Water and at the responsible authorities, as well as those at provincial level, for their tasks and empower them to devise a comprehensive energy policy.

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Page publiée le 28 février 2011, mise à jour le 23 juillet 2012