Central Asia's largest solar power plant launched in Kazakhstan
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 25
By Rashid Shirinov – Trend:
The largest solar power plant in Central Asia has been launched in the city of Saran, Kazakhstan’s Karaganda region, Trend reports referring to the Kazakh media.
Some 307,000 panels that will convert solar energy into electrical energy are located on an area of 164 hectares. The lifetime of the panels is 40 years.
"The capacity of the launched solar power plant is 100 megawatts. This energy is enough for 10 cities such as Saran. Two more solar power plants with a total capacity of 90 megawatts are under construction in the region," Governor of the Karaganda region Yerlan Koshanov said.
It should be noted that the Saransk solar power plant is a private project. The investors are a group of European companies that put $137 million in the project.
Kazakh Energy Minister Kanat Bozumbayev, who attended the launch of the power plant, urged investors not to dwell solely on solar energy, but also to build wind power plants.
Koshanov noted that 33 large investment projects worth 1 trillion tenge are being implemented in the region, and 17 of them are with foreign capital.
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