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UNMISS in South Sudan Embraces Sustainability with Solar-Powered Water Treatment System at Juba Base

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is making strides in reducing its carbon footprint by celebrating the installation of a 100 kW photovoltaic solar power farm at UN House, one of its bases in the capital. This solar power farm will produce enough energy to power the water treatment system for all the offices and staff accommodations on site.

The project, executed by UNMISS Engineering Section, aims to make the water treatment plant an environmentally sustainable facility by providing the necessary power to operate.

Yonas Araia, Chief of the peacekeeping mission’s Engineering Section, explained that the farm is designed as a grid-tie system and will deliver 100% of its designed capacity based on solar irradiance. The power generated will be directly injected into the power distribution structure.

The project was completed in just five months using preexisting and recycled material, and the team behind it can take pride in this accomplishment.

Shazneen Cyrus Gazdar, an Environmental Affairs Officer serving with the mission, highlighted the importance of protecting the environment by reducing the use of plastic bottles through the operation of the water treatment plant.

UNMISS is also implementing similar solar power projects in its other camps across the country, showcasing its commitment to finding and utilizing pioneering environmental solutions.

Mr. Araia concluded by emphasizing that the new infrastructure is just the beginning and that UNMISS is determined to lead by example in maximizing the use of green energy.

Combatting climate change and its effects is a collective responsibility, and UNMISS is dedicated to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to address this critical issue.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

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