Palestinian workers install solar panels atop the roof of a medical centre in Gaza City March 1, 2016. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
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Faced with power blackouts lasting anything from eight to 12 hours a day, residents and businesses in Gaza are increasingly turning to the sun to supply their energy needs.Whereas three or four years ago only a handful of Gaza's 1.95 million people could afford to think about solar panels, in the past couple of years, as prices have come down, it has become a much more accessible option.Most of the equipment, including batteries and controllers, is imported from China, where they are made by U.S., Canadian or German companies, said Marouf. They are imported via Israel, which allows them into Gaza via one of its crossings.Gaza has three usual sources of power: around 60 megawatts generated by the enclave's only power plant, 30MW imported from Egypt and 120MW supplied from Israel.
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