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90m euros allocated for solar cell farms to ease municipalities energy bill

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AMMAN — Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Local Administration Tawfiq Krishan has said that 90 million euros have been allocated, by the European Investment Bank and the Cities and Villages Development Bank, in equal shares, to set up several solar cell farms, with the aim of reducing the cost of electricity for municipalities, according to Khaberni. اضافة اعلان

Krishan said that the money saved will be directed toward investment projects that benefit municipalities and help improve their services, while providing jobs, especially for the youth and women.

He stressed the ministry’s keenness to direct the municipalities toward promoting local development. During a field visit on Tuesday to the municipalities of Karak governorate, the minister called for promoting development by establishing income-generating projects in partnership with the private sector.

He underlined the importance of preparing now for next year’s municipal budgets by outlining development plans and programs, exploring areas where projects may be established in partnership with the private sector, and establishing joint projects between municipalities, especially neighboring ones. 

Krishan added that most municipalities face similar problems and challenges, most notably high indebtedness, maintaining the quality of services to the public, high cost of maintaining machinery, high energy bills, and failed investments.

According to him, bad organization has led to a JD350 million indebtedness of all municipalities, which also have uncollected debts estimated at about JD320 million.

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