Nuclear, solar power could solve energy crisis: Ministry of Electricity
Mohammad Ali Pasha mosque in Cairo, Egypt during a power outage in the surrounding neigborhood - AP/Amr Nabil

CAIRO: The Ministry of Electricity announced Friday they are waiting on a government decision to begin the use of nuclear power to general electricity, reported Youm 7.

Ministry spokesperson Mohamed Yamany said in a phone interview with the Nile News Television Channel that the ministries council had agreed to install solar energy panels on thousands of governmental bodies.

He also said that there is coordination with Ministry of Interior to deal with thefts of electricity sources that have exacerbated rolling power outages.

In June, the Consilio Group, a U.S.-based company specialized in solar power, announced that it would establish several projects in Egypt with a total cost of $100 million.

These projects aim to help Egyptian government to face the current energy crisis, according to Minister of Industry Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour.

Consilio is scheduled to provide about 300 megawatts annually for more than 25 years, according to the Ministry of Trade’s website.

Giza Governor Ali Abdel Rahman said June 6 that the governorate would start using solar power on Haram Street to reduce electricity consumption by 30 percent, Youm7 reported.

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

Spokesperson of Nuclear Power Plants Authority Ibrahim el-Esseri said July 1 that he expects President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to call for a meeting to discuss the peaceful uses of nuclear power and to discuss the nuclear project of el-Dabaa, according to Youm7.

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