On February 27, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev held a meeting on measures to expand the use of renewable energy sources.
Energy issues have become pressing around the world in recent years. Therefore, countries are looking for and applying alternative ways to meet their energy needs. Today, the share of "green" sources in the world's energy has reached nearly 30%, and exceeded 80-90% in some European countries.
Uzbekistan is also actively working in this direction. Over the past three years, direct investments of $8 billion have been attracted in the energy sector. In particular, solar power stations have been launched in Navoi and Samarkand regions. This year, another 18 such stations are being built, which will result in 50% increase in electricity generation for households.
In general, energy issues are under constant attention and control of our President. Numerous new projects are being initiated and specific tasks are being set during visits to the regions.
A decree by the President dd. February 16 this year approved a large-scale program aimed at accelerating the introduction of renewable energy sources in our country. In particular, "Yashil Energy" company was organized and initial funding at the amount of $10 million was allocated to it.
The program envisages installation of solar panels with a total capacity of 1,700 megawatt in enterprises, social facilities and homes.
Moreover, the responsible officials reported on the organizational and financial aspects of this direction.
In particular, it was noted that solar panels with a capacity of 220 MW will be installed on social objects and public agencies, 1300 MW - on enterprises, 15 MW - on newly built apartment buildings. The relevant work has been actively launched in Andijan, Kashkadarya, Surkhandarya, Ferghana, Navoi and Samarkand. The head of our state has given instructions on the proper organization of this work on the ground.
The measures to be undertaken in other sectors of the energy sector, including providing the population with stable supplies of natural gas, improving energy efficiency in industries and the social sphere, shifting production facilities with high gas consumption to coal, expanding geological exploration, developing the existing and new deposits of hydrocarbon raw materials have also been considered at the meeting.