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    Friday, November 27, 2015

    SOLAR EASES POVERTY IN GAZA

    Blockaded and fuel-starved, Gaza looks to solar energy

    November 25, 2015 (Daily Sabah)

    “…[T]he energy crisis that has plagued the Gaza Strip since 2006 - when Israel first imposed a crippling blockade on the territory - has forced many residents to resort to solar energy…[Six panels], which are enough to provide a single apartment with all its electricity needs, cost some $3,000…[That is expensive but the solar panels are] in high demand…[because] electricity cuts have forced Gaza residents to search for alternatives, despite the high cost…The Gaza Strip, where some 1.9 million people live within 360 square kilometers of land, has groaned under a chronic energy crisis since Israel first sealed its borders with the Palestinian enclave in 2006 (with Egypt following suit in 2007)…Nearly 80 percent of the strip's residents receive social security benefits and 40 percent of them are still languishing below the poverty line…The Gaza Strip requires 400 megawatts of electricity - of which only 200 are currently available…” click here for more

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