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Solar panels provide cheap, clean energy to Logar residents.

More than 100 families in the central Logar province will enjoy cleaner and cheaper energy this winter, thanks to an initiative from the local Afghan Community Development Council.

The project was designed in close consultation with the Baraki Barak District Development Council, which nominated five villages to receive 25 solar panels each, one for each family, the US agency for international development said in a statement. "Each solar panel generates approximately 40 watts of sustained electricity per household, enough to light four rooms with the most-commonly used 10-watt bulbs." The statement added the solar panels can help address concerns, the villages have expressed about house fires ignited by highly combustible gas cylinders. In addition to safety, the solar panels save each family about $30 per month.

The 25 solar panels cost $10,700 and, in a strong show of local participation, each Community Development Council paid about 10 percent of the cost, as well as providing the bulbs, batteries and cables needed to run the panels.

Installation of the Logar solar panels follows similar projects in Paktia and Ghazni. Similar projects in other parts of the country will follow over the next year, the USAID said. pr/ma

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Publication:Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul, Afghanistan)
Date:Nov 24, 2009
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