Iraq’s Sun Can Fill the Gap in Electricity Supply and Provide Job Opportunities

The Green Iraq Observatory announced that the country’s adoption of solar energy to meet its electricity needs will bridge the gap in power supply and create employment opportunities for the unemployed. They emphasized that Iraq is wasting sunlight just as it wastes the flared gas from combustion.

In a press statement, the observatory stated that “the country needs 27,000 megawatts to ensure continuous electricity throughout the day,” adding that “this can be achieved through solar energy, especially since there are 300 sunny days per year.”

The Green Iraq Observatory explained that a single solar panel measuring “100 centimeters by 215 centimeters” can generate 1.4 to 1.8 amperes per hour, with an average of 400 to 700 watts per hour. Additionally, there are panels that can reach 250 to 300 watts.

They highlighted that “Iraq is wasting sunlight just as it wastes the flared gas from combustion,” noting that “the intensity of sunlight in Iraq provides 1000 watts per square meter, which is ideal for solar energy.”

The observatory also mentioned that “installing systems in desert and agricultural areas will have significant implications in addition to providing electricity,” adding that “it can contribute to combating desertification by installing systems and planting trees around them, while also creating new opportunities for the unemployed.”

A study has shown that utilizing the rooftops of buildings in Baghdad by installing solar cells can generate 30,000 megawatts of electricity, which would meet Iraq’s energy needs.

The Ministry of Electricity’s steps towards clean energy are still progressing slowly and face obstacles, including the approval of land allocation for clean energy sources, which has deterred many companies from working in Iraq due to concerns about future issues.

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