Renewable energy potential for sustainable development in Afghanistan

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Ahmad Khalid Slimankhil
Mohammad Abed Anwarzai
Najib Rahman Sabory
Mir Sayed Shah Danish
Mikaeel Ahmadi
Mohammad Hamid Ahadi


Afghanistan is one of the developing countries in South Asia with an enormous renewable and nonrenewable energy resources. Since 1893, utilization of secondary (modern) form of energy in Afghanistan has been pursued. The trends of sustainable energy provision have been reinforced after the post-conflicts in Afghanistan. The Sustainable Development Goal-7 (affordable and clean energy access) encourages nations to assess their resource development of renewable, affordable, and accessible energy.  Unlike many developing countries that struggle to identify domestic sources of clean, sustainable energy, Afghanistan has hydro, solar, wind, and geothermal resources as assets. This literature review analyzes Afghanistan’s potential for renewable energy to identify obstacles and challenges like security, economics, and technology. Using surveys conducted by national and international organizations. This research evaluates Afghanistan’s progress in meeting SDG-7, identifies the main barriers for renewable energy development, and offers recommended solutions. This study reveals the facts of energy sector development in Afghanistan to enable students, researchers, and practitioners with an overview of the current situation and future direction of the energy sector. Also, this study offers a concise outlook for energy sector investors and donors at the national and international stages.

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Slimankhil, A. K. ., Anwarzai, M. A. ., Sabory, N. R. ., Danish, M. S. S., Ahmadi, M. . and Ahadi, M. H. . (2020) “Renewable energy potential for sustainable development in Afghanistan”, Journal of Sustainable Energy Revolution. Okinawa, Japan, 1(1), pp. 8-15. doi: 10.37357/1068/jser.1.1.02.
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