Kazakhstan is leading in attracting investments in renewable energy projects among the Central Asian states. National company Astana EXPO 2017 presented its pavilion at the 11th World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi. Kazakhstan showcased its projects in the field of green energy, transport and logistics infrastructure, important state programs, including Digital Kazakhstan, on a 195-square-meter area. 20 countries and 650 exhibitors presented their technological and digital achievements and developments, gathering more than 26,000 visitors. The summit was an important platform for Kazakhstan for attracting foreign investments.

GULMIRA BAKPASOVA, STAFF, ASTANA EXPO 2017:

 - This is a global event that brings together leading energy experts. Kazakhstan has been taking part in this event for several years. Moreover, this topic is very relevant for our country in the light of the fact that we have recently held an exhibition Astana EXPO 2017, the theme of which was "Future Energy", the preservation of energy sources.

Kazakhstan pays special attention to green energy projects. Solar and wind power stations with a total capacity of 12 megawatts are under construction in Mangystau region. They will reduce the electric power shortage in several settlements in the region; new industrial enterprises will open as well. Such large power plants are first in Western Kazakhstan. Experts give optimistic forecasts to green energy production in Mangystau region given the climatic conditions. Another solar power plant with the capacity of 12 megawatts is planned to be commissioned here before the end of the year. 

ALTYNBEK ADILOV, PROJECT MANAGER:

 - If we have a successful experience, and the construction of the stations gives us the expected results, we will continue implementing projects in other areas. We will be able to reduce the consumption of oil, coal, and gas. In addition, green energy will be cheaper.

This is the first and so far the only solar power plant with 100% local Kazakh content in Munaily district. Solar panels for the power plant are made at Kazakh enterprises. The capacity of seven Megawatts is planned to be launched this spring. Materials imported from Europe are used for construction of a wind power plant in Tupkaragan district.

SAPAR AMANBEKOV, HEAD OF ENERGY DEPARTMENT, MANGYSTAU REGION:

 - We are planning to launch a solar power plant with a capacity of 12 megawatts. If everything goes well, we will start construction in the village of Shetpe this year. 12 megawatts is a lot, quite enough to provide electricity to the whole district center.

Such projects are implemented with the help of investors. In his recent address, President Nazarbayev noted that by 2050 the world's electricity production from renewable sources will reach 80%. The authorities are making every effort to adhere to this goal.

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