Kazakhstan is actively developing alternative energy

Kazakhstan is actively developing alternative energy. The Government plans to increase the share of renewable energy in the country’s energy balance by three per cent by 2020 and by 50 per cent by 2050. To reach this goal, the Government developed a set of measures. At the second international auction of renewable energy, investors will be offered to participate in the construction of solar, wind, biogas and water power plants with the capacity of more than 700 megawatts. The auction is scheduled for October. At the first auction, 53 local and foreign companies from Russia, Turkey, the UAE, France and Bulgaria purchased 19 projects in the regions of Kazakhstan with the capacity of 195 megawatts.

BERIK YERBOSSYNOV, SENIOR STAFF, RENEWABLE ENERGY DEPARTMENT, KAZAKH MINISTRY OF ENERGY:

 - We present a project and provide opportunities for individuals or companies willing to build a wind farm. We provide guarantees that we will be purchasing their energy for 15 years. However, what’s more important, the tariffs have been reduced. After the first session, our tariffs reduced significantly by about 20-25 per cent. The auction winners are those who offer the lowest tariffs and will set the lowest price.

The green energy projects are being implemented in all the regions of Kazakhstan. Officials in the Mangystau region are planning to construct six solar and wind plants with the capacity of 154 megawatts. Two wind power plants will be built in Beineu and Karakiya districts and four solar plants will be constructed in Mangystau district. Selection of construction companies will be done first. Competition for one of the plants in Zhetybai village has been held. It will provide electricity to oil extracting enterprises in the region.

BERDIBEK KARTBAYEV, SENIOR STAFF, ENERGY DEPARTMENT:

 - Projects on the development of a green economy are being implemented in our region. In particular, all our construction projects involve power plants. We will distribute electricity among consumers via distributing companies.