Increased Domestic Energy Generation through Renewable Sources

Yesterday, the Afghan Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) and the Afghan-German Cooperation’s Energy Sector Improvement Programme (ESIP) signed a cooperation and implementation agreement in Kabul. The agreement aims at facilitating the implementation of the Afghan government’s renewable energy policy. The Afghan-German Cooperation will invest about AFN 264 million until end of 2019.

At the signing ceremony, the Minister of Energy and Water, Mr Mohammad Gul Khulmi, emphasised, ‘Implementing regulatory elements helps the government and the private sector to meet the sector’s objectives. We appreciate the support and contribution of the Afghan-German Cooperation.’

The Afghan government aims at increasing the country’s energy generation from currently 600 megawatts to 5,000 megawatts by 2032 to reduce import dependency. Then, domestic power generation from renewable energy sources, such as thermal and hydro energy, shall amount to 2,300 megawatts. ESIP’s director, Mr Frank Fecher, highlighted, ‘The German government is committed to support the Afghan energy sector in reaching the set goals in terms of enhancing domestic electricity generation by renewable energy sources.’

ESIP will support measures to promote energy efficiency, developing regulators such as net metering, and feed tariffs. In addition, it will implement capacity-building activities at private, public, and academic institutions, covering energy saving as well as building and reconstructing energy efficient buildings.

The agreement corresponds to the government negotiations on development cooperation between Afghanistan and Germany in Kabul on 26th September 2018. Then, the German government pledged to support the Afghan energy sector’s development.

On behalf of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH implements the Afghanistan Energy Sector Improvement Programme (ESIP). ESIP aims at promoting renewable energy generation and energy efficiency in Afghanistan to boost economic growth and protect the environment. To achieve this goal, ESIP closely cooperates with key actors at national and provincial level to establish an institutional framework that enables a reliable energy supply. It also supports the private sector in adopting market-based quality standards and maintenance concepts for photovoltaics and solar thermal energy to attract investments. At the same time, ESIP implements capacity-building activities for staff in the public and private energy sectors and at universities.