Kazakhstan taps Germany's ecap Solutions for major solar development

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Kazakhstan has chosen German company ecap Solutions to build six solar plants in the country’s southern Zhambyl region.

The company has completed the design and technical documentation for the first of the plants, a 50 MW solar facility in Zhualynsk district, and will commence construction of the installation this year. The solar farm is slated to begin operation in 2015.

The construction of three other solar plants will be completed in 2015 and the last two are scheduled to go up in 2016. Each of the six facilities will have a capacity of 50 MW.

The plants are a significant addition to the Zhambylski region’s current renewable energy capacity of 188 MW.

Zhambyl Governor Karim Kokrekbaev recently met with Kazakh government officials to discuss Kazakhstan’s solar expansion plans and approve the Zhambylski projecs.

Representatives of several foreign renewable energy companies, including Strand Partners, ecap Solutions and its parent, private equity group United Green, as well as a number of Kazakh firms also took part in the meeting.

Kokrekbaev noted that innovative projects in the field of renewable energy are very important ahead of an international exhibition, EXPO 2017, to be held in Kazakhstan in 2017.

Kokrekbaev has championed renewable energy in his province and last month said he foresaw renewable energy resources providing up to 40% of the region’s power needs in the not so distant future, according to Kazakh news agency Kazinform.

With favorable RES legislation, Kazakhstan is regarded as one of the Commonwealth of Independent States’ leaders in developing sustainable energy.