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Azerbaijan says it will build a floating solar power station

FEB. 5 2021 (The Bulletin) — Azerbaijan said that it will build a floating power station with a capacity of 100kW on Boyuksor Lake near Baku, part of its drive to ramp up power production. It named Spain’s Gamma Solutions as the main contractor for the project. Azerbaijan, like other countries in the FSU, has been trying to boost power generation capacity to match a surge in demand. 

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— This story was first published in issue 471 of the Central Asia & South Caucasus Bulletin

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Kazatomprom sells solar power business

DEC. 30 2020 (The Bulletin) — Kazatomprom, the world’s largest uranium miner, said that it wanted to sell its three solar power subsidiaries — KazSilicon, Astana Solar and Kazakhstan Solar Silicon. The three companies had produced parts and materials for solar panels. Kazatomprom, which mines 25% of the world’s uranium, said that it wanted to concentrate on its core business.

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EBRD and World Bank lend for Uzbek solar project

DEC. 23 2020 (The Bulletin) — The EBRD, the ADB and the World Bank agreed to lend the Uzbek government $125m to finance its first solar power project. The plant is being built in Uzbekistan’s industrial heartland in Navoi by Masdar, an Abdu Dhabi company and will produce 270 gigawatt hours of energy per year, which Bloomberg said was enough to power 31,000 households. 

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UAE’s Masdar signs deal to build solar farm in Armenia

DEC. 3 (The Bulletin) — Masdar, the UAE-based renewable energy company, signed a deal with the Armenian government to build a solar farm in the west of the country with a power generation capacity of 400MW. Masdar has been winning renewable energy projects across the region.
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— This story was first published in issue 431 of the weekly Bulletin on Dec. 9 2019

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Kazakhstan opens its largest solar power plant

JAN. 23 (The Conway Bulletin) — Foreign ambassadors and senior government officials in Kazakhstan opened the largest solar power plant in the region at Saran in the centre of the country. The $137m project was funded by the EBRD and has the capacity to generate 100MW of power. At the opening, Kazakh Energy Minister Kanat Bozumbayev, said that the government wants to generate 3% of its power through renewable energy by 2020, 20% by 2030 and 50% by 2050.
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>This story was first published in issue 398 of The Conway Bulletin on Jan. 31 2019
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Uzbekistan joins IRENA

TASHKENT, AUG. 24 2017 (The Conway Bulletin) — Uzbekistan joined the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), an intergovernmental organisation set up to help member countries strengthen their sources of green power. IRENA has 152 members. Uzbekistan has previously shied away from joining international organisations. Under the presidency of Shavkat Mirziyoyev, though, it has become open to international cooperation.

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(News report from Issue No. 341, published on Aug. 27 2017)

EBRD to find solar park in Kazakhstan

JUNE 15 2017 (The Bulletin) — The EBRD is set to finance the construction of a second solar power park in southern Kazakhstan, media reported. The EBRD will give a loan of $45m for the solar power park, the Clean Technology Fund will give $10m and the owners of the field, not named by media, will stump up another $80m. After the construction of Burnoye Solar 2, it will constitute one of the biggest solar power fields in Europe or Central Asia.

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(News report from Issue No. 333, published on June 19 2017)

 

Armenia to produce Solar panel

FEB. 24 2017 (The Conway Bulletin) — Armenia will start producing solar panels later this year under a government-sponsored scheme designed to give solar-power a boost in the country, media reported quoting Hayk Harutyunyan, the deputy energy infrastructure and natural resources minister. He said that 50 jobs will be created at the plant which will begin production in Q3 2017.

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(News report from Issue No. 318, published on Feb.24 2017)

China to build solar plant in Uzbekistan

JAN. 14 2017 (The Conway Bulletin) — Zhuhai Singyes Green Building Technology, a Chinese company, won a tender at the end of 2016 to build a solar panel field in southern Uzbekistan, state-run Uzbekenergo told the Trend news agency. Uzbekistan has been looking to boost its renewable energy capacity and has been increasingly turning to solar power.

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(News report from Issue No. 313, published on Jan. 20 2017)

EBRD loans Kazakhstan €200m to develop renewables

ALMATY, DEC. 16 2016 (The Conway Bulletin) — The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) pledged to give Kazakh businessmen 200m euros to improve the country’s renewable energy sector.

For the EBRD the motivation is to boost Kazakhstan’s green energy production. Solar and wind generate only around 1% of Kazakhstan’s power at the moment. Hydro produces around 13% of its power and the rest is generated by smoke belching coal-powered stations.

“Once all the projects come on- stream, annual CO2 emissions are expected to reduce by about 600,000 tonnes, which would help the country to achieve its commitments to cut emissions under the Paris climate agreement,” the EBRD said in a statement.

The 2015 Paris Agreement was a global deal to cut carbon emissions.

Kazakhstan may once have turned its nose up at taking EBRD cash to produce green energy. Now, though, it is happy to go along with the concept. It is struggling to see off a steep economic downturn that has hit its revenues. Oil and gas are its major exports but prices have halved.

And, alongside a fall in revenues, Kazakhstan also needs to boost power. Its population has swelled and grown richer, demanding more power.

It still needs to replace a nuclear power station that was decommissioned in the 1990s. Plans to build a replacement have been scrapped for the time being and a thermal power plant that was being built on the shores of Lake Balkhash with South Korea has also been ditched this year because it was too expensive.

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(News report from Issue No. 310, published on Dec. 23 2016)