ENABLING PV Afghanistan - challenges and opportunities

Afghanistan is undergoing a process of re-industrializing its economy and rebuilding its energy infrastructure. This is accompanied by an increasing energy demand that cannot be met by conventional energy sources alone. Thus, alternative energy sources have to be explored. Solar photovoltaic has already reached or is about to reach grid parity in most of the sun-belt countries. Solar PV also has a great economic potential in Afghanistan and first efforts to deploy it can be seen. Till 2021, 500 MW of renewable energy will be deployed and 1.5 GW of PV are foreseen by 2032. Nevertheless, according to the Afghanistan Renewable Energy Union (AREU), solar projects could cover 30% of the electricity demand by 2032 with 3,000 MW.

The study "Enabling PV Afghanistan", financed by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), describes the current regulatory framework, challenges and market potential and analyzes the suitable business models for the development of PV in Afghanistan. Authors of the study are the German Solar Industry Association, eclareon and AREU.

The study is available for download on the BSW-Solar website.