Green economy is an important instrument aimed at promoting Kazakhstan’s development

Green economy is an important instrument aimed at promoting Kazakhstan’s development

Green economy is an important instrument aimed at promoting Kazakhstan’s development. Kazakhstan is one of the world’s first countries to adopt a strategic document on the transition to green economy on the governmental level and has been successfully implementing the concept for the past five years. 34 renewable energy facilities will be commissioned in Kazakhstan by 2020, including wind, water and solar power plants.     

Alternative energy sources are being actively used in many sectors, including agriculture. More than 100 farmers in West Kazakhstan region are effectively applying the green technology solutions in their farming operations. Local farmers purchased solar generators that allowed them to provide utilities to remote pasture lands existing in the region.  

ARMAT KHAIRULLIN, HEAD, AKZHAYIK DISTRICT DOMESTIC POLICY DEPARTMENT:

 - There are many enterprises in the rural district. The Government provides assistance to them. If farmers purchase equipment, the Government subsidizes 80 per cent of the cost.

Alternative energy sources are used by about 250 farms in the region. If the equipment costs more than 2.5 million Tenge, the Government reimburses 80 per cent of the costs. As part of the investment subsidy program, the Government paid about 300 million Tenge to local farmers this year.

Farmers of Mangystau region are applying renewable energy sources as well. Cattle breeders in Karakiya district are utilizing electricity generated by solar batteries to power water well pumps and milk separators, as well as to provide lighting for farms. According to Utepbergen Zhumanazarov, he had the idea of using the future energy a year ago. Over this time, the green technologies proved their effectiveness.

UTEPBERGEN ZHUMANAZAROV, ENTREPRENEUR:

 - I decided to keep up with the time and purchased the equipment. 4 to 5 Kilowatt per day is enough to provide electricity to two houses, compressor and home appliances.

The regional farmers are set to use another energy sources. Investors will construct two wind power plants in Zhetibai village. Their total capacity is 15 megawatt. One plant is designed for 10 megawatts and the other facility will produce 5 megawatts per day. They will be launched next year.