A solar power station with a capacity of two megawatts has been commissioned in the Mangystau region

The Kazakh Government is developing future energy as it plans to introduce innovative developments in the field of renewable energy. A solar power station with a capacity of two megawatts has been commissioned in the Mangystau region. Currently, there are no other similar projects such as the solar power station in Kazakhstan. The station will operate on domestically produced solar panels and will provide electricity to the nearby village, Batyr.

KULZHAN YEGIZKARAYEV, LOCAL RESIDENT:

- We are very happy that such power station was constructed in our district. Now, we can even install a split system at home without worrying about the power outage.

8,000 panels in forty rows are installed at the new station. After the completion of the second stage of construction, a few more localities will be provided with clean energy.

RINAT GAPPAROV, HEAD OF LEASING COMPANY:

- Electricity from this particular station will be mixed with electricity from other sources in order to reduce costs on electricity for the end users.

The Mangystau region plans to operate the solar and wind power stations by the end of the year as the Government of South Kazakhstan plans to use renewable energy more extensively. In the next five years, the Tole Bi district authorities intend to completely switch to alternative electricity. There are seven large projects which are currently under implementation in the region. Six small hydroelectric power stations will be built on the Sairamsu and Kaskasu rivers. The construction of the first power station is expected to be completed in autumn. It will have a capacity of five megawatts and costs 1.5 billion Tenge. Meanwhile, the construction of a solar power station with a capacity of ten megawatts will begin in the city of Lenger this year.

MUKHTAR USSERBAYEV, GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL, TOLE BI DISTRICT, SOUTHERN KAZAKHSTAN:

- Over the last five years, manufacturing in the district grew four times. Local enterprises will produce thirty billion tenge worth products this year alone. All enterprises consume much power. Our mountain rivers’ potential is 25 megawatts of power. They will be able to completely meet the region’s demand in electricity.

By 2030, green energy should make up 10 per cent of the total energy balance in Kazakhstan and by 2050, half of all electricity produced in Kazakhstan should be from renewable energy.