Energy volume from renewable sources increases by six per cent in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan, Astana, Feb. 5 / Trend D. Mukhtarov /
The volume of electricity generated by facilities of renewable energy sources increased by six per cent in Kazakhstan in 2012, Kazakh Minister of Industry and New Technologies Asset Issekeshev said at a regular meeting of the Kazakh government today.
"The volume of renewable energy sources in 2012 amounted to 450.34 million kWh, which is six per cent more than the previous year," Issekeshev said.
He said that around 25 projects were implemented in various regions of the country.
"This is the Bolotov unit in the Rozhdenstvensky cordon, a solar unit on the roof of the Gumilev Eurasian National University," he said.
Moreover, five small hydropower plants with a total installed capacity of about 20 MW, Karatal hydroelectric power station-4 with a capacity of 3.5 MWand a draft of the Industrialisation Map were put into operation on mountain rivers in the Almaty region.
He also mentioned a pilot project of the first solar power plant Green Village consisting of 16 houses with a population of about 70 people who have not been provided with electricity for around 18 years. The population had to use underground salt water. As a result of the project implementation, the problem was resolved.
The minister said that a similar project was launched in Kyzylorda oblast thanks to a regional executive body in Kazakhstan. The issue of power supply in the remote village of Azhar was resolved by installing a wind-diesel electric power unit.
Wind turbines (1.5 MW) in the village Kordai and a solar power plant in the village Otar, launched in late 2012, were introduced in the Zhambyl region.
The first biogas unit was installed in Kazakhstan in the district of Karasu in the Kostanai region. A 1.5-megawatt wind power unit was installed in the village of Novonikolskoe, North Kazakhstan. A hydroelectric power station with a capacity of 3.7 MW at the Yntymakskom reservoir was commissioned in the Karaganda region in late 2012.