Increasing access to sustainable energy - OFID contributes to UNDP’s initiative on renewable energy in Gaza
Jerusalem, 30 November 2012 – The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) and the United Nations Development Programme signed an agreement worth USD529,300 to co-finance the Renewable Energy Generation through Solar Panels project in the Gaza Strip. Through the project, UNDP will provide renewable energy sources as a sustainable solution to address the needs of the energy sector in the Gaza strip.
The project aims at supporting the education, health and water sectors in the Gaza Strip with alternative solutions using renewable energy (PV Modules) through the provision of alternative energy during power cuts, reduction of CO2 emissions and fuel consumption resulting from operating power generators when power cuts are in effect and raising the standards of living in a green environment without pollution.
The concept of renewable energy will be mainstreamed in three main infrastructure sub-sectors throughout the project, where approximately 50 percent of energy consumption will be saved. Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels will be used as they offer a cost-effective and environmentally friendly solution for rural and remote areas. Solar photovoltaic (PV) cells will be utilized to reduce the electricity consumption, save energy and cost as well as maintain a green environment in four schools, one water well and two maternal clinics.
The Renewable Energy Generation through Solar Panels project is part of UNDP’s initiative to tackle poverty and promote sustainable development through an integrated energy solutions model implemented in the occupied Palestinian territory.
It is worth noting that the available electricity resources in the Gaza Strip cover only 75 percent of the current demand. Power outages remain as high as 12 hours a day, disrupting the delivery of vital services to approximately 1.6 million people in the Gaza Strip. The hospitals in the Gaza Strip continue to rely on generators as a result of electricity shortages and life saving interventions are at risk of collapse. The insufficient supply of electricity and fuel to operate water pumps and wells caused further reduction in the availability of running water in most households. The quality of water in the Gaza Strip is poor as over 90 percent of the water from the Gaza aquifer is undrinkable.
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