January 18, 2022

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Socotra Island sees 30 villages powered by leading solar energy project months after launch

A leading solar power project launched in mid-2020 in Yemen’s Socotra Island is supplying the city of Hadibu and 30 neighbouring villages with electricity, some reportedly for the first time. Footage filmed in Hadibu on Friday, December 31, shows the Sheikh Khalifa solar power plant, the largest among other power plants built in the towns of Qalansiya, Mori, and Alama.

“Hadibu solar power plant has a capacity of 2.2 megawatts, it is connected to the Al-Makhazin and Hadibu power stations, which supplies Hadibu and the surrounding villages with electricity,” said Mostafa al-Khalidi, one of the engineers working at the station.

The project, which said to have improved the lives of local residents, was funded by Abu Dhabi-based Sheikh Khalifa Humanitarian Foundation and is helping Socotra archipelago to assume a leading role in sustainability in the war-torn country. Socotra Island is located between the Guardafui Channel and the Arabian Sea.

It is the largest of the four islands in the Socotra archipelago, one of the governorates of Yemen. In 2008 Socotra Island was recognised by the UNESCO as a world natural heritage site.