Canty firms win $18m Afghanistan solar project
Supplying power to 2500 homes, businesses and government buildingsPAUL O'ROURKE
An $18.6 million Government contract to build a solar energy system in Afghanistan has been won by two Canterbury firms.
The system will supply power to 2500 homes, businesses and government buildings in Bamyan province.
The two companies, NetCon and Sustainable Energy Services International, are expected to complete the project by the end of next year.
NetCon is a subsidiary of Alpine Energy which is largely owned by the the Timaru District Council. Sustainable Energy has been working out of Timaru for several years and has already completed some solar power work in Afghanistan.
In making the announcement this morning the Minister of Foreign Affairs said New Zealand has a close relationship with Bamyan since the first Provincial Reconstruction Team arrived in 2003.
The 1.05MW solar plant will be the largest in Afghanistan.
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