Kazakhstan To Continue Renewable Energy Development Regardless Of Oil Prices; 23 Solar PV Plants Projected
KazWorld.info – Kazakhstan will continue the development of renewable energy in the decades to come regardless of oil prices, said Kanat Bozumbayev, the Kazakhstani Minister of Energy, at the Future Energy Forum in Astana.
The Minister emphasized that the Kazakhstani government started to develop renewables when oil prices were at USD 120 per barrel and it would continue its efforts, even if prices fell to USD 20 per barrel.
“Kazakhstan will be gradually integrating renewable energy sources into the national energy mix until 2020. From 2020 through 2030, the country will be following a more active approach. To achieve this, we have created a regulatory framework, clear indicators that will help us monitor the development of the state planning system and technical instruments to gauge the potential,” said Minister Bozumbayev.
72 MW of solar PV capacity installed; 23 solar power plants to be built.
“The Republic already has 48 operating renewable energy facilities with a total capacity of 252.37 MW (hydroelectric power plants – 122.99 MW; wind power plants – 71.87 MW; solar power plants – 57.16 MW; biogas units – 0.35 MW) generating 0.94% of the electric energy produced in Kazakhstan,” added another Forum participant, Magzum Mirzagaliev, the Deputy Energy Minister of Kazakhstan.
By 2020, the Republic’s authorities intend to commission 23 solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants, about 20 wind power plants, over 10 hydroelectric power plants and a number of mini hydroelectric power plants.
The International Specialized Exhibition EXPO-2017 with the subject “Future Energy” that will take place next year in Astana is one of the most important projects under the national program for the development of green energy.