KRG’s Prime Minister Mansour Barzani announced a solar power project to combat electricity shortage and boost the agriculture sector. The project will cost $100 million and aims to produce 25 megawatts of electricity per hour. KRG pointed out last year that about 20 percent of Kurdistan’s electricity is reliant on solar power. The three main reasons behind Kurdistan and Iraq’s overall electricity shortage are linked to the destruction of Iraq’s national grid amid the 1991 Gulf War, looting incidents during the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, and government corruption.
- Iraqi Kurdistan’s first solar plant helps with power outages, boosts agriculture