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Alternative energy enables Daraa people to defy siege, power outage

Features | 2018-04-28 23:30:00
Alternative energy enables Daraa people to defy siege, power outage
  (Zaman Al Wasl)- Alternative energy has played an essential role in breaking the regime’s siege policy in Syria that depends on cutting off electricity and water supplies in opposition-held areas.

Activists say people in Daraa province, the cradle of the Syrian revolution, have depended on the solar energy as an alternative to the regime's 'energy'. They managed to supply hospitals, bakeries, homes, and even their streetlights with electricity.

Medic Ahmed al-Zaim says the alternative energy had saved the lives of thousands of civilians in Daraa’s field hospitals. 

Before the solar energy, my hospital used to consume at least five thousand liters of diesel per month. Now, the solar energy is operating most of the hospital depatments, especially in the summer season.

The  alternative energy helped to restore power to Daraa after frequent and permanent outages. It also reduced the financial burdens on the residents. 

Said Al-Jahmani, resident, said that two panels of solar energy have provided electricity for refrigerator, television and fan over the 24 hours. 

The alternative energy includes solar energy, wind energy and hybrid electric vehicles.

Alternative energy sources which are renewable and have lower carbon emissions than fossil fuels are hydropower, wind energy, solar energy, geothermal energy, and bio fuels.

Ayman al-Hourani, a mechanical engineer, built a fan to generate wind power, enough for a full house of electricity and invented air-conditioned air conditioners.

Al-Hourani said that the fan worked day and night, in the summer of winter, with a capacity of 35 amperes, and we distributed this fan to the areas of Daraa, Quneitra and Suweida, and the main reason for the invention of this fan is the lack of fuel and the high price if any.

Al-Hourani pointed out to the unprecedented demand for natural energy sources, saying that these inventions, which relieve civilians from the brunt of the siege, amount to the level of international awards and patents.

"The alternative energy is capable of covering 30 percent of the needs," said Iyad al-Zubani, a member of the Daraa Provincial Council. "This energy can not be alternative, because it requires large areas of land to produce it."

The alternative energy can not operate large machines and engines such as the operator of water pumping stations that need great capacity." Future plans aim to spread solar power plants with a minimum capacity of 50 megawatts, according to al-Zubani.

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