Governorates turn to solar energy
Giza Governor Ali Abdel Rahman - YOUM7/Maher Malak

CAIRO: Giza Governor Ali Abdel Rahman said Friday that officials in the governorate will start using solar power on Haram Street to reduce electricity consumption by 30 percent, Youm7 reported.

In May, Rahman also said his administration would install solar panels on the governorate headquarters and install solar powered street lights on the Cairo-Alexandria Desert Road, according to Youm7.

In Sohag, Governor Mahmoud al-Attiq also held a meeting Thursday with officials to discuss installing solar energy units in rural villages that do not have electricity.

Alaa Yassin, the head of solar energy projects in Egypt, attended the meeting and discussed providing 2,955 housing units in the governorate with solar power with a grant from the United Arab Emirates. This would prevent Egyptian citizens from shouldering the financial burden of the project.

Matrouh Governor Badr Tantawy also held a meeting with the New and Renewable Energy Authority and the Emirati company responsible for building the solar energy power plant in Siwa.

The plant is part of a cooperative agreement between Egypt and the UAE to support a number of development projects in different sectors to include electricity, health and housing, according to several media outlets.

Additionally, Civil Aviation Minister Hossam Kamal said May 13 during a press conference that using solar power in Egypt will save 70 million EGP ($9.8 million) a year and that the ministry is considering using it in runways and other airport facilities, Youm7 reported.

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