13 Nov. 2008
PR# 2008-609

Afghanistan’s first wind farm opens

PANJSHER PROVINCE— Rear Admiral Matthieu Borsboom, ISAF’s senior officer responsible for stability operations, meets with Afghan Vice President Ahmed Zia Massoud at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the country’s first wind farm outside the Panjsher Government Compound here Nov. 13, 2008. (ISAF photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Aramis Ramirez - .Jpg (494kb))

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghanistan’s first wind farm officially began operations Nov. 13 in Panjsher province.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held outside the Panjsher governor’s home, which sits at the base of the hill where the energy collection facility is located.

The ceremony was attended by Afghan officials, including the country’s first vice president, Ahmed Zia Massoud, who spoke about the successes of the province, which is known for its untapped natural resources.

“It is hoped this project will signify the start of big positive changes, not just for this area, but for all of Afghanistan,” Vice President Massoud said.

He also explained the location choice for Afghanistan’s first wind farm.

“Security will always be a concern for anything we develop in this country,” Vice President Massoud said. “But Panjsher’s geographical location and well-established security made this province a good choice to usher in the development we hope to bring to our country.”

The wind farm, which is an eco-friendly hybrid power generation and distribution system, will generate the main source of power for the Panjsher Government Compound and the immediate surrounding areas.

PANJSHER PROVINCE — Afghanistan’s first wind farm officially began operation Nov. 13 with a ceremony outside the Panjsher Government Compound here. (ISAF photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Aramis Ramirez)

The project began in April 2007, and local citizens constructed it under the supervision of contractors from Empower Consultants LTD, from New Zealand, and ISAF’s Panjsher Provincial Reconstruction Team.

Rear Admiral Matthieu Borsboom, ISAF’s senior officer responsible for stability operations, attended the ceremony on behalf of ISAF Commander General David McKiernan. Following the ceremony, Rear Admiral Borsboom shared an informal luncheon with Panjsher Governor Haji Bahlol Bahij.

“Panjsher can be called an example,” Rear Admiral Borsboom said. “They have a vision, both short term and long term, for development, and there’s not enough recognition that goes out to the hard work of the governor, his staff and the people who reside in the province. They work together, as Governor Bahij explained, for the continued success of the province, and that shows signs of a promising future for all of Afghanistan.”

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