A Baghdad-based power company was awarded a contract on July 12 to provide solar-powered street lights to western Iraq. Ummet Al Salam Co. Ltd. will supply and install street lights that run on solar power in Anbar province. The $362,620 contract is from the United Nations Office for Project Services, according to a UN database.
Why it matters: Solar energy is developing in oil-rich Iraq. The country has signed several solar power contracts in recent years. Most recently, the Emirati renewable energy company Masdar agreed to build four solar plants in Iraq.