Six new projects in the field of renewable energy will be launched by 2020 in the Zhambyl region

Six new projects in the field of renewable energy with a capacity of 247 megawatts will be launched by 2020 in the Zhambyl region. These are four solar and two hydro-power plants. The construction will involve foreign investors. The second construction stage of the largest Central Asian solar power station "Burnoye Solar" will be completed soon in Zhualy district. The work is in full swing: drilling is being carried out and supporting steel structures are being installed under the solar panels.

IVAN ZABARIN, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, SOLAR POWER PLANT:

- 192,000 panels are installed here, 185,000 will be installed on the second stage. The second stage panels will be more powerful. If here panel power is 260 watts, the second stage panels’ power will be 270 watts. The capacity of both first and second power stations will be 50 megawatt.

The total capacity of the stations will be sufficient to provide electricity to about 60,000 households. In two years, the operating helio-power plant has already produced about 200 million kilowatt hours of electricity worth more than six billion tenge. The construction of "Burnoye Solar 2" will be completed in June. Another five renewable energy projects will be launched in 2018.

MAMAT SHAKIROV, DEPUTY HEAD, REGIONAL DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, HOUSING AND COMMUNAL SERVICES:

 - They are the Kaskad Merken hydro-power plant (HPP) with an increase in capacity of 18 megawatts, Tasotkel HPP with the capacity of 5 megawatts, the construction of two solar power plants in Turar Ryskulov region with a capacity of 24 megawatts and 100 megawatts as well as the construction of a 50 megawatts solar power plant in the Shu region.

In total, in the region since 2010, there are nine renewable energy plants with a total capacity of 118 megawatts: 4 hydro, 3 - wind and 2 - solar power plant.

KUDAIBERGEN KORGANBAEV, STAFF, REGIONAL DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, HOUSING AND COMMUNAL SERVICES:

- Zhambyl region’s renewable energy plants generated 266 million kilowatt hours of electricity in 2016. This amounted to 9.3% in the total output in our region. The share of Zhambyl region was 28.6% in the republican output. Over the first 11 months, renewable energy projects generated 267 million kilowatt hours of electricity, or 10.1% of the total output.

The total capacity of fifteen renewable energy plants in the region will make up 370 megawatts by 2020. Over 100 billion tenge of foreign investments have been attracted for their construction. Experts assure that these facilities can cover the region's demand for electricity by 50-60%.