Azerbaijan discloses approximate commissioning timeframe of solar power station in Sumgait
Baku, Azerbaijan, July 2
By Ilkin Shafiyev – Trend:
The solar power station in Azerbaijan’s Sumgait city may be commissioned in 2019, Deputy Chairman of the Azerbaijani State Agency for Alternative and Renewable Energy Sources Jamil Malikov told Trend July 2.
"Currently, the work required to put the plant into operation is underway,” he said. “Its opening ceremony is approximately scheduled for 2019. Before its opening ceremony, a power plant is planned to be commissioned in Baku’s Sahil settlement."
Presently, solar power plants operate in Azerbaijan’s Gobustan and Samukh cities, Baku’s Pirallahi and Surakhani settlements.
Malikov also said that representatives of the agency held talks with the Chinese side about the construction of a wind farm in the Caspian Sea area on the Pirallahi and Chilov Islands.
“It is early to talk about the conclusion of the agreement,” he said. "We are waiting for the government to confirm the terms of the agreement. The agreements, which we previously reached with Chinese partners, remain in force. There are no clear period for launching the work within the project."
Earlier, Malikov said that the cost of the project due to the devaluation of Azerbaijani manat dropped up to 400 million manat.
The capacity of Azerbaijan’s energy system is more than 6,000 megawatts. According to the experts, the potential of renewable energy sources in the country is over 25,300 megavolts-amperes. Most of the country's potential in this area accounts for solar energy.
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