A Palestinian man stands next to solar panels installed on the roof of Gaza City's children's hospital al-Nasir, on February 24, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS)
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As the coastal Palestinian territory lives through the worst fuel shortage in its history, many of Gaza's 1.6 million inhabitants are beginning to see solar power not just as a viable alternative, but perhaps as the only solution to the energy crisis.Although the Israeli restrictions have since been eased, the tunnels continued to be the main conduit for fuel.The project at the children's hospital, which was partly funded by British relief charity Sawaed, was set up in January 2013 at a cost of $100,000 (74,000 euros) and is now providing 20 kilowatts of electricity per day.Figures released by the U.N. humanitarian agency OCHA show that in November, the Gaza Strip received less than 20,000 liters of fuel per week, down from nearly a million liters a day when the tunnels were operating.It only went back online 50 days later after a delivery of Israeli fuel which was paid for by the Western-backed Palestinian Authority.
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