EBRD teams up with China company to build a solar plant in Kazakhstan

ASTANA (TCA) — The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is teaming up with a new investor in Kazakhstan’s renewable energy sector, China’s Risen Energy, for the construction of a new 40MW solar plant in the Karaganda region of the country, the EBRD said on June 6.

The financing package arranged by the EBRD includes a local currency loan of up to US$ 22 million in KZT equivalent, a loan of up to US$ 5.8 million from the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) and up to US$ 4.2 million loan from the Green Climate Fund (GCF). This will be the first facility provided jointly by EBRD and GCF to finance a solar project in Kazakhstan as part of the Framework Agreement to co-finance renewable energy in the country signed earlier in 2018.

The 40MW solar PV plant will be constructed and operated by Risen Energy – a leading Chinese manufacturer of solar modules, which is now developing a portfolio of solar projects worldwide and in Kazakhstan. The project will mark the EBRD’s first cooperation in the sector and in the country with a Chinese company.

New solar plant will help reduce CO2 emissions by 55,000 tons per year and contribute to the national emission reduction targets as well as the EBRD’s Green Economy Transition strategy.

The project is a continuation of the cooperation between EBRD and the Ministry of Energy of Kazakhstan on the development of renewable energy in the country in line with the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2017.

In total, it will be the sixth project to be signed under the Bank’s Kazakhstan Renewables Framework, a € 200 million facility that finances renewable energy projects in the Central Asian country and benefits from a US$ 110 million contribution from the GCF.

Sergey Kwan


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.
Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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