Tradition meets Modernity

In the corner of a small wooden bower that lies almost in the middle of a farm, four women sat next to each other close to an ancient stove made of mud bricks as they removed the remaining flour from the bread they made.

Om Alhana, in her 50s, covers her face with a white scarf as she narrates how life was in Farafra oasis over a quarter a century ago.

The new age of industrialization

The visibly fat Abdel Sattar Mohamed sat on a wooden desk in his workshop, surrounded by iron pieces and wires as he narrated how he left his hometown in Kafr El Sheikh Governorate, Delta, Egypt, to Farafra 27 years ago soon after he returned from a business trip in the Gulf countries.

“At that time, Farafra was a new town, which needed projects. So, I decided to come and start a small turnery shop in the central part of the town,” narrates Abdel Sattar.

He says in the beginning everything was difficult.

“Everything was unavailable; electricity, workers, and goods, until the circumstances improved gradually,” re-counts Abdel Sattar.

From diesel-electric motors to solar power

Reda Mohamed Mustafa, a young engineer in his 30s, started his solar power project after years of working with the government solar power stations in Farafra.

He began his project in Farafra, an area where farmers were by then using diesel-electric motors to irrigate their farms with water sourced from ground wells. However, the need for regular maintenance and fuel had made this irrigation system too expensive for farmers.

Eventually, Reda established solar power stations in the region that would irrigate farmers’ farms for ten hours a day without fuel and regular breakdowns.

Ein Altenin, a village still fighting darkness

Atia Mohamed, a man in his 80s, lies on a simple wooden bed in a room with no air conditioner, a fan, and a refrigerator, as the temperature approaches 40 degrees Celsius.

Atia came to Ein Altenin more than sixty years ago and built the first house in the village.

“I came here whenwhile I was young so that I could own a farm and irrigate it with water from the Romanian-groundwater well. I tried it, but it dried up after a year,” recalls Atia.

The Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy promotes investment in the energy sector due to its importance, which is the central pillar for comprehensive development in all societies and essential for all economic and social fields. Furthermore, fossil energy is threatened with depletion within 100 years, while there is a growing demand for clean energy globally.

Dr. Mohamed Alkhayat

The chairman of New and Renewable Energy Authority

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