Solar Panels to Add Light during Gaza’s Blackouts

Solar power is a viable option to Gaza's power cuts. (Photo: via MEMO)

A Palestinian farmer is to install solar panels on his chicken farm in order to ensure he obtains a continuous electricity supply, Arab48 reported yesterday.

Fifty-two-year-old Nahid Abu-Asi, said his farm, which is located to the east of Al-Zaytoun, central Gaza city, was destroyed twice by the Israeli occupation, most recently in 2014.

“I hope to afford 24-hour electricity in the farm because electricity blackouts mean daily losses,” he said, adding that generators are not reliable due to maintenance problems have high noise levels.

“Despite the dire economic situation, I insist on installing solar electricity panels because chickens need electricity all day and night,” he said.

In order to fincance his project, Abu-Asi applied for a $5,000 loan from an NGO working in Gaza, saying, “I will pay $200 a month”.

Raed Hajjaj, head of the renewable energy department in Gaza, said: “Using solar or renewable energy in Gaza comes due to the need to find alternatives for electricity shortages.”


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