The 10 MW PV plant was officially inaugurated in September this year. Indian EPC Jaguar, which built the plant, says it is the largest solar power project in Afghanistan to date. (Photo Credit: Jaguar Overseas Ltd.)
- EPC firm Jaguar Overseas has installed a 10 MW solar power project in Afghanistan
- It says the $20 million plant is supported by the Afghanistan government and USAID is the largest PV project in the country
- The project will supply clean energy to state-owned utility Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS)
- DABS will purchase power from this project under a 15-year PPA, which could be extended up to 25 years
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Jaguar Overseas Ltd. (JOL) has rolled out a 10 MW solar power project in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The project is being developed by Dynasty Oil & Gas Private Ltd. (DOGPL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of JOL. JOL is providing its EPC services for the 10 MW project, which it says is the largest solar power project in the country.
Asian Development Bank (ADB) recently announced a grant of $44.76 million for a 20 MW on-grid solar PV plant set to come up in Afghanistan’s Naghlu region (see Afghanistan PV Plant Gets ADB Support).
India based global EPC company, JOL provides its services for ground mount and rooftop PV projects.
Jaguar won the rights to set up this $20 million project in 2016 with a bid just below $0.08 cents per KWh, as per UAE’s daily The National. The company said that this is Afghanistan’s first tariff-based solar power plant. The project is supported by Afghanistan’s government and the US Agency for International Development (USAID), which is providing $10 million in ‘viability gap funding’ for the project.
The project will supply clean power to Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), a state-owned utility established under The Corporations and Limited Liabilities Law of Afghanistan. DABS manages electric power generation, import, transmission, and distribution across the country on a commercial basis, stated a Press Trust of India (PTI) report.
DABS will purchase power from this project under an agreement for 15 years, and could be extended up to 25 years. The project was officially inaugurated in September 2017.