USAID supports diversification into wind and solar power in Georgia

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October 29, 2021 13:59 (UTC + 04: 00)

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Georgia has historically focused on hydropower, USAID supports diversification into renewable wind and solar sources that are expected to be less vulnerable to climate change, the USAID mission in Tbilisi told Trend.

USAID prioritizes Georgia’s energy sector for several reasons.

“First, a stronger and more diverse energy sector helps Georgia build resilience against malicious influences. Current energy imports are heavily dependent on partners who have demonstrated their willingness to use energy as a political weapon against them. democratic gains, ”the source said.

According to USAID, investing in sustainable and renewable household energy production decreases Georgia’s dependence on these unreliable partners, allowing it to continue moving forward towards its goal of Euro-Atlantic integration. .

Second, growing and improving living standards across Georgia requires reliable and sustainable energy investments, the source said.

“As Georgia continues to modernize, more households will need reliable and affordable access to electricity for their daily lives, and more businesses will need reliable and affordable electricity to expand their production,” increase their economic activity and create new jobs. In order to ensure this access, new investments must be made and, to ensure that these investments are beneficial to the Georgian people and the private sector, these investments must be made in sustainable energy sources, ”USAID said. .

Third, responsible, sustainable and clean development of the energy sector is important for the future of the planet as we face the common challenge of global warming, the source added.

“Georgia’s national climate strategy has set an ambitious goal of reducing GHG emissions to 35% by 2030, and the US government continues to push for zero net climate emissions by 2050. Promoting the National sustainable energy production helps Georgia achieve these goals while providing enhanced employment, a better quality of life with reduced pollution and greater freedom from unreliable partners, ”said the source.

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