The Electricity in Iraq and the Anticipated Role of Renewable Energy Solutions

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Middle East Voice
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Electricity in Iraq and the Anticipated Role of Renewable Energy Solutions

Rising temperatures stand out as one of the most prominent direct impacts that Iraq faces due to climate change. During the long summer, temperatures often soar beyond boiling, exacerbating the challenges in the energy sector. A stifling crisis looms over the industry, and continuous power outages have become a recurring daily scene. This situation necessitates the exploration of solutions and the search for alternative sources of electrical energy in Iraq.

Amidst the climate impacts and escalating demand, the need for innovative solutions has become more urgent than ever. In particular, Iraq is the fifth-largest proven reserve of crude oil in the world and the twelfth largest in terms of natural gas reserves. Yet in reality, the country is grappling with a deepening electricity crisis that has affected the daily lives of its citizens. They are forced to rely on expensive diesel generators to cover the shortage of electrical power. As demand for electricity continues to rise, the country faces the challenge of meeting energy needs while navigating a landscape marred by infrastructure gaps, security, and geopolitical complexities.

Ziad Salam, a solar energy engineer from Bilad UTU Company, which specializes in renewable energy solutions, said the country's sunshine hours are higher, making it suitable for solar technology at a cost that is often reasonable.

Salam said, “Although the challenges and opportunities are still great—the simplest of which is the high purchase cost of the system and the lack of controls for those qualified to work in this field, meaning that there is still chaos. However, the opportunities are diverse, the most important of which is the energy crisis in Iraq and the instability of the government’s supply of electricity.”

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This story was produced as part of the 2023 Climate Change Media Partnership, a journalism fellowship organized by Internews' Earth Journalism Network and the Stanley Center for Peace and Security. It was first published by Middle East Voice on December 12, 2023 and has been lightly edited for length and clarity.

Banner image: A protest at COP28 / Credit: Sanar Hasan.

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