The first power plant from waste in Yemen has started operating in Lahj Governorate, with funding from the United Nations and the Ministries of Water and International Cooperation. It will help provide 7,500 job opportunities for the neediest people by managing five tons of waste per day. The plant, which produces 100 kilowatts of electricity per day, is the first of its kind in a country that suffers from a large energy deficit, as the generation hours are greatly reduced, and the cost of production is high in a way that makes many unable to use it. The station has been operating for weeks as a comprehensive system for solid waste management, encouraging community members to recycle and reduce waste, as solid agricultural and local waste are converted into gas used to generate electricity.
According to the data of the United Nations Development Program, the project will support livelihoods and food security in Yemen, and promote innovative ways to deal with solid waste and obtain renewable energy in environmentally friendly and more sustainable ways, which will contribute to facing the challenges of climate security in the country, especially since Yemen It is highly vulnerable to the consequences of climate change, as well as other challenges that have caused energy shortages and the deterioration of solid waste management services, which has caused increased risks to human security.
The plant is expected to convert up to five tons of local solid and agricultural waste per day, generate 100 kilowatt-hours of electricity, and one ton of plastic pellets, enough to operate 100 shops and provide approximately 7,500 job opportunities for the neediest people in rural areas. This model is expected to ensure access to electricity at a price of $2 for 12 hours, compared to $20 for 12 hours via fossil fuels, along with a market value of recycled plastic granules of about $900 per ton.
In addition to protecting the environment, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and supporting climate change initiatives, the project supports the most vulnerable groups in the countryside, by providing job opportunities and improving income, as well as technicians working in the operation and maintenance of the plant, while anyone can benefit from the sale of waste. At designated points of sale and obtain a material return to feed the plant and generate electricity.