The project is estimated to cost $44 million which will be provided by Asian Development Bank. The funding agreement was signed by Afghanistan’s Finance Minister Iklil Hakimi, ADB’s country director, Samuel Tumiwa, and Amanullah Ghalib, the CEO of Afghanistan’s national power utility Breshna, in the presidential palace.
This is the largest solar power plant project in terms of capacity in Afghanistan, Wahidullah Tawhidi, a spokesman for Breshna, told reporters. The earlier involved a 10 MW solar power plant in southern Kandahar province.
Tawhidi said that project is expected to be completed in 18 months after its construction contract is signed.
He said that the plant will meet part of electricity needs in Kabul and eastern provinces of Nangarhar and Laghman.