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EU switches on biggest solar energy field in Gaza

Aug. 3, 2018 11:44 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 3, 2018 3:46 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The European Union declared completing the biggest photovoltaic solar field in the besieged Gaza Strip providing 0.5 Megawatts of electricity per day to fuel the Southern Gaza Desalination Plant.

The EU said in a press release that the "EU-funded Southern Gaza Desalination Plant currently provides drinking water to 75,000 inhabitants in the Khan Younis and Rafah districts."

"With the new energy field and new investments foreseen it will eventually reach 250,000 people in Southern Gaza by 2020," the statement added.

The EU Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn said that "limited energy supplies in Gaza are one of the main challenges when improving access to safe and drinkable water to the local population."

Hahn added that "the photovoltaic solar field is essential to respond to the urgent water needs in the Gaza Strip and create dignified living conditions for its people, thus mitigating tensions in a highly conflict sensitive area."
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