On June 1, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev arrived in Surkhandarya Region and visited the construction site of a solar photovoltaic station in Sherabad District.
A number of energy facilities are being built in our country to meet the growing needs of the population and for the economy in electricity. In particular, much attention is paid to the use of solar energy, which plays an important role in the current conditions of limited traditional energy resources.
This year, Masdar of the United Arab Emirates and Total Eren of France in Navoi and Samarkand Regions will put into operation photovoltaic stations with a capacity of 100 megawatts each.
Moreover, a construction tender for a solar photovoltaic station in Sherabad District was announced. The Asian Development Bank provided technical and financial advice for the tender.
More than 50 companies have expressed their interest in the project implementation. After a two-stage competition, Masdar won with the lowest tariffs.
As part of the project, the company will build a 457 MW solar photovoltaic station in the Sherabad District. A new 220 kW substation and a 52 km transmission line for connection to the Surkhon substation will also be erected.
601 hectares of land was selected for the station. Masdar will attract $260 million of direct investment. The plant’s annual production capacity will be 1,04 billion kWh.
The project implementation will save 340 million cubic meters of natural gas per year, and 300,000 households will be supplied with electricity.
A thousand people in the photovoltaic station’s construction and 120 specialists in operation will be involved. The launch of this large facility is scheduled for August 2023.
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted at the ceremony the work on creating an energy efficient and environmentally friendly economy in our country.
«The opportunity to purchase electricity at a cost of 1.8 cents per kilowatt-hour is a great success for the economy of our republic and an important factor for the well-being of the population. In general, the construction of this station, the energy it generates and the new infrastructure will give a powerful impetus to the comprehensive development of the region», - the President said.
Then the President laid a capsule to commemorate the construction of a photovoltaic plant.
The ceremony was also attended by representatives of the older generation, Vice President of the Asian Development Bank Ashok Lavasa and the Minister of Energy and Infrastructure of the UAE Suheil al-Mazrui participated via videoconferencing.
This project is part of the program for the construction of 1 GW solar photovoltaic plants, implemented by the government of Uzbekistan with the support of the Asian Development Bank.
It is planned to build 200 megawatts solar stations in the Samarkand and Jizzakh Regions, wind farms for 100 megawatts in the Beruniy and Karauzyak districts of Karakalpakstan, as well as 3 wind farms with a total capacity of 1.5 thousand megawatts in Bukhara and Navoi.
Uzbekistan has set a goal to increase the capacity of solar power plants up to 5000, wind power plants - up to 3000 and hydroelectric power plants - up to 4000 megawatts by 2030.