Kazakhstan inaugurates nation's 1st solar power plant


AKTAU, Kazakhstan -- Kazakhstan inaugurated its first solar power plant Tuesday (May 1) in Mangistau, Kazinform reported, citing the provincial government press office.

The opening of the plant in Munaily District coincided with Kazakhstan's Day of Unity. It is the only one of its kind in the country.

The 36-hectare power plant has more than 8,000 domestically produced solar panels. It is expected to generate 3,500 kWh of green energy per year, enough for 300 homes, and can produce up to 2 MW of electricity.

The plant was built as part of the Business Road Map 2020 programme.

Coal plants, mostly situated in northern coal-rich provinces, provide 85.5% of Kazakhstan's electricity. Kazakhstan is trying to steer itself away from hydro-carbons.

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