ACWA Power says it is developing three solar projects in Tashkent and Samarkand, Uzbekistan. It is also installing storage capacity in Tashkent, Bukhara and Samarkand.
The solar energy capacity will be divided into three solar power projects in Tashkent and Samarkand. Storage capacity will be installed in Tashkent, Bukhara and Samarkand.
“The projects in Tashkent include a 400 MW solar power plant and a 500 MWh BESS, while two 500 MW solar power projects and a 500 MWh BESS are being developed in Samarkand,” the company said in a statement. “Another 500 MWh BESS will be located in Bukhara, and the project will include overhead lines that will help send electricity to the grid.”
ACWA did not disclose any additional information about the projects.
Uzbekistan is currently supporting large-scale solar power through several auctions. The most recent procurement indicated 500 MW of solar projects in the Namangan, Bukhara and Khorezm regions. Abu Dhabi-based developer Masdar confirmed project in the Bukhara region with a bid of $0.03044/kWh. The 250 MW plant will be connected to the 62 MW storage.
a consortium led by PowerChina secured a 150 MW project in Uzbekistan’s Namangan region. The group offered a final price of $0.04828/kWh. French developer Voltalia won the project in the Khorezm region with a bid of $0.02888/kWh.
The country’s goal is to introduce 8 GW of solar energy by 2030. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the country had installed only 104 MW of solar power by the end of 2021.