Green Climate Fund provides another $110 million for solar and renewables in Kazakhstan

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced that it has been provided with approximately $110 million in funds by the Green Climate Fund (GCF), an international fund financed by 194 governments that supports investments in low-emission and climate-resilient development of developing countries.

The EBRD said the funds will be used to support its Kazakhstan Renewables Framework, which is expected to raise investments in the amount of $200 million. The GCF contribution, the EBRD said,  comprises $106 million in concessional finance and $4 million in technical assistance grants.

“The framework,” EBRD director for Russia, Central Asia and Caucasus Aida Sitdikova said, “builds on eight years of policy and investment work in Kazakhstan. lt makes a profound contribution to the scaling up of renewable energy in the country, combined with a strong focus on gender and inclusion and a drive to lay the regulatory foundations for a sustainable renewable energy market.”

The EBRD had earlier agreed to co-finance the construction of a 50 MW solar park in Kazakhstan with a loan of up to $28 million on June 22. A week before, the bank also revealed it provided a $44.5 million loan for another 50 MW solar facility in Kazakhstan in partnership with CTF, which will contribute $10 million.

The first project, named Baikonur Solar park, will be located in the Kyzylorda region in the south of the country close to the border with Uzbekistan. The project will be developed by Samruk Kazyna United Green Energy Ltd., which is a joint venture between U.K. investment firm UG Energy Ltd and Samruk-Kazyna Invest, a division of the local sovereign wealth fund.

The second project, dubbed the Burnoye Solar-1 project, is planned for the southern region of Zhambyl. This facility is also being developed by Samruk Kazyna United Green Energy Ltd.

In late 2016, however, Kazakh Minister of Energy Kanat Bozumbayev said he was planning to introduce an auction scheme for renewable energy, after several failed attempts at introducing a FIT program made by the country’s government over the previous few years.