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Kazakhstan attracts $1.8 billion in renewable energy development investment since 2014

As Kazakhstan is committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2060, developing renewable energy remains a top priority

Kazakhstan attracts $1.8 billion in renewable energy development investment since 2014

Nur-Sultan, November 11 - Neftegaz.RU. Kazakhstan has attracted $1.8 billion for the development of renewable energy since 2014, said Kazakh Energy Minister Magzum Mirzagaliyev at a November 9 meeting of the country’s investment office chaired by Kazakh PM Askar Mamin, The Astana Times reported.

The meeting of the investment office, a new mechanism to attract and support investors, focused on Kazakhstan’s prospects to develop renewable energy and health care.

In May, Kazakhstan set an ambitious target of bringing the share of renewable energy in the nation’s total energy grid up to 15 % by 2030 from the current 3%.
Out of $1.8 billion of renewable energy investments since 2014, $349.6 million were invested in the 1st 9 months of 2021.

Over the years, Kazakhstan commissioned 126 renewable energy plants with a total power generation capacity of 1,975 megawatts, twice as much as in 2019, and created more than 2,000 jobs in the field.
The number of renewable energy facilities includes 33 wind and 49 solar hydroelectric plants.
Solar power plants currently generate 41 % of the renewable energy in the country followed by wind power plants and hydropower plants.

To achieve its targets, Kazakhstan will need to commission 7 gigawatts of renewable energy that will allow for the attraction of $6.9 billion in investments into the industry, said the minister.

The Kazakh government reached agreements with ADQ, an Emirati holding company with a broad portfolio of major enterprises, spanning key sectors of Abu Dhabi’s diversified economy, and TotalEnergies, a French oil & gas company.

These agreements envision the gradual introduction of renewable energy facilities with a goal of 5 gigawatt capacity in the next 10 years.
The ministry also expects these projects will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 8 million tons and create 3,000 jobs.

As the upfront costs of introducing renewable energy capacity are high, attracting green financing tops the agenda.
The country’s new Environmental Code that came into effect on July 1 provides the mechanisms to stimulate businesses to implement green projects.

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