Karaganda region has started its large-scale transition to green technologies. The 100 MW solar power plant, recognized as the largest in Central Asia, was put into operation in Saran.
307,000 voltaic panels are stretching over 164 ha to convert solar power into electrical energy. The solar panels can produce about 10-15 MW even on the cloudiest day. The operating life of the panels is 40 years.
The solar plant is the private project. A group of the European companies has invested $137 million into the project.
According to the governor of the region Yerlan Koshanov, 33 large investment projects worth KZT 1 trillion are being implemented in the region. 17 projects are being carried out with foreign participation.
The same day the investors from the EU and the Karaganda region’s administration signed a memorandum. The businessmen expressed their readiness to invest $500 million into the development of alternative energy sources in years to come. It is planned to build three or four more green energy facilities there. (Kazinform/Business World Magazine)