Afghanistan has enormous Renewable Energy Resources with excellent to fairly good generation potential. These resources are spread over wide geographical areas throughout the country, in contrast to the other conventional energy resources, which are concentrated and location-specific.
Afghanistan can produce around 318 GW of electricity utilizing available renewable energy sources in the country through diverse renewable energy portfolios representing Hydro (23,000 MW), Wind (67,000 MW), Solar (222,000 MW), Geothermal (3,000 – 3,500 MW), Biomass (4000 MW). However, so far only parts of
hydroelectric power projects have been implemented.
Rapid deployment of renewable energy projects in Afghanistan will bring significant socio-economic benefit, employment opportunity and access to energy, energy security, overall growth, and possibilities for International Climate Change Mitigation support.
The Government of Afghanistan would like to be a partner of international of
more than percent of energy supply. The national renewable energy market is expected to grow strongly in the coming decade and beyond.
The Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) has developed the Renewable Energy Policy Afghanistan, and which envisages mainstreaming of renewable energy projects in the development and growth of the REN sector, particularly in the PPP model.
The Policy will be implemented in two terms – TERM 1 (2015- 2020) will create and support an atmosphere and activities for the development and growth of the REN sector particularly in the PPP mode, and will take remarkable tendency of the private sector to invest in the renewable energy sector and TERM 2 (2021-2032) will deploy REN in full
commercialization mode, based on the experience gained in the short term, the policy for the next phases will be consolidated and elements of competition will be introduced.