Wind energy in Kazakhstan: wind farm in Mangistau region

Kazakhstan plans to commission 106 facilities generating energy from renewable energy sources by late 2020, the country’s Energy Ministry told Trend. The total capacity of these facilities will be 3054.55 megawatts.

The country will commission 28 solar power plants with the capacity of 713.5 megawatts in Almaty, Zhambyl, Atyrau, Karaganda, Kyzylorda, South Kazakhstan and Mangistau provinces.

The ministry said that all these projects in the sphere of renewable energy sources of Kazakhstan are implemented with attracted funds and are not financed from the state budget.

In general, as part of the concept for transition of Kazakhstan to “green economy”, the volume of electricity generated from renewable energy sources is planned to reach 3 percent of the total volume of electricity by 2020 and 10 percent by 2030.

Moreover, the Energy Ministry said that under the law “Support for use of renewable energy sources”, fixed tariffs for the electricity generated from renewable energy sources have been approved since 2014 for 15 years.

The tariffs for the electricity generated by wind farms were set at 22.68 tenges ($1 = 307.314 tenges) per kilowatt hours; solar power plants – 34.61 tenges; small hydro power plants – 16.71 tenges; and biogas plants – 32.23 tenges per kilowatt hours.

However, the approved fixed tariffs are indexed for inflation each year.

The Settlement and Financial Center of Kazakhstan is engaged in purchase and sale of electricity generated from renewable energy sources.

In addition, according to the law, energy transmission companies are required to provide the companies producing energy from renewable energy sources, with the access to energy transmission networks. Energy transfer from renewable energy sources is free of charge.

Companies engaged in designing, construction and operation of facilities for the use of renewable energy sources, get investment preferences in accordance with the legislation of Kazakhstan.