Every year, since, around 2009, or earlier than that, during the winter, there are power outages, constantly. Over three months of winter, people have to bear with only around 12-16 hours of electricity per day. And that’s scheduled. It means, one day you have that electricity and the other day, it’s someone else’s turn to have that electricity. Kabul, is a booming city, and according to Brishna, the part-governmental, part-private company managing Kabul’s electricity grid, has a hard time keeping up with the growing demand for the electricity used by a city of more than five millions. Kabul city was initially designed for a population of around two hundred thousand.
At our home, we have a petrol powered power generator which has been in use for more than four winters. It noisy, oily, smokey and takes a lot of care for it to run properly and survive the winter. I don’t really like it. Too much hassle. Although, I love the smell of gasoline. But when it comes to clean energy, I despise fossil fuels and anything that makes smokes that will pollute.
I have been fighting for a cause. The solar power solution. The energy output by the petrol-powered generator is a lot. A lot of it is wasted and not used because it is not needed. A single solar panel, generates enough power to light up all the florescent florescent bulbs around the house. It does not make any sound, it does not need any fuel – except the sun, it does not make any smoke, and it’s as simple as it can get. But for years, at least since 2013, it has been ignored as not being a feasible solution and mostly because solar panels are rare to be found in Kabul.
So after many discussions and many times of me encouraging everyone in the family to go solar for the electricity – I am very proud to say our home, has gone 100% solar when the city’s electricity is down.
Today, I happily took the solar panel and installed it on the balcony. The sun smiling on it’s numerous cells.