EBRD, Green Climate Fund provide $50 million for solar plant in Kazakhstan

ASTANA (TCA) — Renewable power generation is set to play a greater role in Kazakhstan’s energy mix as a result of financing led by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) for the construction of a new 50MW solar power plant in the south of the country, the Bank said on January 29.

The proposed financing package arranged by the EBRD includes a local currency loan of up to US$ 40.4 million in Kazakhstan tenge and a loan of up to US$ 10 million from the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

The new plant, which will be located in Chulakkurgan, south Kazakhstan, will generate over 102 GWh of electricity per year and will help reduce CO2 emission by 86,000 tons per year.

The EBRD has again teamed up for this investment with Risen Energy, China’s leading solar modules producer and project developer. It is the EBRD’s second project with Risen after the two organisations worked together to deliver a 40MW solar plant in the Karaganda region of the country.

The latest project is the eighth to be signed under the Bank’s Kazakhstan Renewables Framework, a €200 million facility for financing renewable energy projects in Central Asia, which benefits from a US$ 110 million contribution from the GCF.

The EBRD is supporting the implementation Kazakhstan government’s strategy related to renewable energy and carbon market as part of the framework.

Separately earlier this month, a new 100MW solar plant was launched in the Karaganda region of north Kazakhstan. The project was developed by Joachim Goldbeck Holding GmbH of Germany and co-financed by the EBRD and the GCF.

To date, EBRD has invested a total of over $ 8.85 billion in the economy of Kazakhstan through 254 projects.

Sergey Kwan

TCA

Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
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Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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