LUKoil plans Uzbekistan’s largest solar projectLUKoil, in partnership with the government of Uzbekistan and the Asian Development Bank have announced they are planning to construct Uzbekistan largest solar energy plant, which will have an initial capacity of 100 megawatts, to expanded eventually to 1,000 megawatts. (Source:UzDaily.uz news website)
Solar Power in Uzbekistan - Introduction
During the Soviet era, Uzbekistan was the USSR’s leading centre for solar research and in 1965 the Uzbek Academy of Sciences began publishing “Geliotekhnika” ("Applied Solar Energy") quarterly journal, the former Soviet Union's sole scientific publication devoted to solar power, which continues today.
Government statistics report that Uzbekistan has more than 300 sunny days a year and the Centre for Economic Research of Uzbekistan is promoting the use of surplus power generation which can be exported to neighbouring energy-deficient countries.
According to Uzbek energy analysts, at present the country’s share of renewable energy does not exceed one percent despite Uzbekistan’s renewable energy potential, which they estimate at about 51 billion tons in oil equivalents, with solar energy providing 50.973 billion tons.
In recent years, Uzbekistan has significantly focused its attention on the development of renewable energy resources and, in particular, solar energy, in a bid to diversify its energy balance and reduce its dependence on gas.
As part of its current plans, the government intends to design a state concept for the development of renewable energy sources. Furthermore, Uzbekistan is said to be cooperating with the Asian Development Bank to establish a National Institute for Solar Energy near the city of Navoi. Set to become a scientific centre, it will be responsible for the implementation of projects in the field of solar energy.
Sources : OilPrice.com and pv-magazine.com and Uzbekistan Today