Amount of green energy in Kazakhstan reached around 2.4 billion kilowatt in hours
The amount of green energy produced in Kazakhstan has increased by almost 80% last year, reaching 2.4 billion kilowatt-hours. Meanwhile, the share of renewable energy sources in the total volume of electricity production amounted to 2.3%. It is planned to be increased to 3% this year. Representatives of the Ministry of Energy said that 18 new renewable energy projects will be launched in the country this year, including two large wind power stations with a total capacity of 200 megawatts, which will be located near the capital of Kazakhstan and in Zhambyl region. In total, this year nearly US$600 million of private investment will be attracted to the renewable energy industry.
AINUR SOSPANOVA, DIRECTOR, DEPARTMENT OF RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES, KAZAKH MINISTRY OF ENERGY:
- By implementing renewable energy projects, Kazakhstan can fulfill its international commitment to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Kazakhstan joined the Paris Climate Agreement, before that we were part of the Kyoto Protocol, and accordingly, Kazakhstan is obliged to reduce carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases. Renewable energy facilities at the international level are one of the most effective tools to reduce carbon dioxide. Kazakhstan is up to date and we are closely monitoring what is being done by our neighbors, particularly, Uzbekistan. Our experience is being applied as well.