Azerbaijan Does Its Part to Combat Global Climate Change
In a surprising turn of events, it looks like Azerbaijan is installing small hydroelectric stations. This oil- and gas-rich post-Soviet state is investing in renewable energy! I’ll admit that I don’t have much information about this project, except what is contained within this News.Az article:
President has attended a groundbreaking ceremony for ‘Astara-1’ small hydroelectric station to be constructed on the Istisu River.
President of ‘Azerenerji’ Joint-Stock Company Etibar Pirverdiyev informed the Head of State about construction of the hydroelectric station. President Ilham Aliyev viewed scheme of the station and photo stands featuring the building.
The Head of State was told hundreds of small hydroelectric stations were planned to be built in the country in the near future. Serious measures are underway to strengthen the potential of small hydroelectric stations in member states of the Council of Europe.
Then, President Ilham Aliyev put a time capsule into the foundation and covered it with liquid concrete. The Head of State wished successes to constructors and gave instructions and recommendations.
This is another feather in the cap of Azerbaijan’s forward-looking perspective: from curing cancer and diabetes to building Death Star hotels to seeking out renewable energy sources, demonstrated above. And time capsules! Now we just need to find a way to make sure the electricity stays on consistently in my apartment, and to find a way to get gas installed here.