Roof-mounted PV Hybrid Systems for Iraq
                                                                                            May 26, 2015

Background:

Since the fall of Mosul on 9 June, armed opposition groups have taken control of large parts of Iraq, leading to massive internal displacement. Although the situation is changing rapidly, the humanitarian community currently estimates that more than 1.8 million Iraqis have been displaced since the beginning of the year as a result of the violence, with the vast majority fleeing toward the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I).

Access to electricity in Iraq has long been a concern for all citizens due to ongoing blackouts and brownouts across the country. IDPs and their host communities are especially impacted, because the influx of individuals in various locations across Iraq is putting extra strain on an already overtaxed system, increasing the likelihood of power outages. Nearby conflicts are also straining access to electricity and fuel. For IDPs in temporary settlements, camps, and remote areas, there may be no electrical grid and no available electricity of any type.

UNOPS has been responding to this situation in a variety of ways through their project “Increasing Access to Electricity for IDPs and Host Communities.” 

Johs. Gram-Hanssen A/S and their partners have under the above project in May 2015, completed the delivery, installation and commissioning of roof-mounted photovoltaic (PV) hybrid systems in selected public buildings in the KR-I for a total of 960kW

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