The Middle East is continuing to show itself capable of boosting alternative energy sources without facing political backlashes from opposing sides of the aisle. In Iraq, large multinational corporations are working with the country’s ministry of electricity to see clean and renewable resources become a reality in the post-war environment, where investment is expected to skyrocket.
Last month, words became a future reality for the country after the ministry announced plans to spend as much as $1.6 billion on solar and wind power stations across the country over the next few years; not only will this add some 400 megawatts of power to Iraq’s national grid, which has been hit by daily blackouts, but it also has positive results for the environment.
Clean energy to reduce blackouts
A ministry official told Green Prophet via telephone that he believes Iraq is an ideal country to push renewable resources of energy, especially solar, given the vast open desert in the country.
“We are confident that by entering into these agreements we will be able to provide more energy to meet the population’s needs as well as boost our interest in renewable energy as oil stocks are beginning to see shortfalls here and abroad,” he said, adding that it was a “win-win situation” for Iraq to go solar.
And it comes at an extremely stressful moment for Iraq. Nearly a decade after the American-led invasion of the country ousted Saddam Hussein, the country continues to struggle to meet the needs of the overall population, garnering only 8,800 MW of the reported 14,000 MW of electricity needed to power the country. This has left many residents facing rolling black-outs.
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