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Iraqi company to build solar-powered street lights

The Iraqi government is making efforts to develop solar energy. The country suffers from widespread power cuts.
A municipal worker is lowered after adjusting a solar panel.

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. 

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