Kazakhstan intends to make maximum use of renewable energy sources
Kazakhstan intends to make maximum use of renewable energy sources. The country has huge wind, hydro and gelio potential. An additional push to the development of alternative energy in Kazakhstan was driven by Astana EXPO 2017. Several green projects are being implemented in Mangystau region. These projects will provide electricity to both existing and new industrial facilities and settlements. Three wind generators were built at the exit from Aktau. Two of the wind generators are 68 meters high with the capacity of 1.5 megawatt per day while the other generator is 100 meters high with two megawatts capacity. The testing of installations will be started soon. Rotors of the generator can work based on the western, northern and eastern wind directions.
MARAT UKIBAYEV, SPOKESPERSON, CONTRACTOR COMPANY:
- In the future, we plan to install 15 more such wind turbines here. Then they will be able to generate electricity up to 20 megawatts and provide the airport and the nearest districts to Aktau with electricity.
Another wind power station will also be built on outskirts of the Fort Shevchenko. The project will be completed next year. Preparatory work is currently undergoing on the area of nearly 400 hectares.
ZHEKSEN AIZHARYK, SPOKESPERSON, CONTRACTOR COMPANY:
- The project is worth US$60 million. This wind power station will provide electricity not only to Fort Shevchenko but also to Atash and Bautino villages.
Green technologies are highly being used by Kostanai farmers. A hybrid station was installed in one of the farms in Sverdlovka village. Sun and wind provide light and water to the livestock which includes 600 cattle.
OLEG LUZHETSKY, FARM STAFF:
- Two controllers are here, specifically, upper and lower ones. It works at a maximum of 54 volts. Everything is fully charged with 12 volt batteries produce. The convector gives out 220 and everything is 6 kW.
One of the advantages of solar power plants is durability. In addition, nearly a third of installation cost comes from Government subsidies. Renewable energy allows the country to save more than two million Tenge in a year. According to farmers’ calculations, the hybrid power stations will pay for themselves within two years.