Yemenis want tax reforms to encourage solar energy use, and loans for farmers to buy solar systems. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
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Faqih is part of a booming solar sector transforming lives and energy sustainability in Yemen, a poor country with scant rural power access even before conflict knocked out most of the national grid."Electricity these days isn't just for lighting -- electricity is life," said Mohammad Yahya, whose Sanaa home is powered by solar panels.He sees solar energy as a stop-gap measure for those who can get it and hopes everyone will have mains electricity when the war ends.Dhamar's water production had fallen to 30 percent of pre-war levels, Mohammad Ali al-Habshi said of the local water authority, but has returned to 70-80 percent of pre-war capacity thanks to solar projects.
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