The project is the latest to make progress in Kazakhstan's budding PV market, with EBRD backing some of the latest installations (Credit: EBRD)
Germany’s Green Energy 3000 has started building a utility-scale project in Kazakhstan, with plans to wrap up works by the end of the year.
The ground-breaking of the 50MW Chulakkurgan plant in south Kazakhstan earlier this month was attended by banks, financiers and Shymkent region officials, Green Energy said this week.
Design of the project kicked off in 2016, with PPAs signed last December. The plant, planned at a 60-hectare site in the Kazakh steppes, will be linked to the grid via a yet-to-be-built 110kV line.
Based on statements earlier this year, construction of the project was meant to get underway in March 2019. In January, Green Energy said it was working to deliver the project despite "local challenges".
For Green Energy, the Kazakhstan push sees it diversity beyond its initial home turf of Germany but also France, where it owns the 5MW Chassenard solar plant.
The project is one of many marking progress in Kazakhstan’s solar ecosystem, which is said by IRENA to have peaked 200MW in capacity last year.
Understanding bifacial’s true potential: technology innovation and technical bankability of bifacial
The deployment of bifacial PV technology is growing rapidly. It has proven to be the most effective solution to reduce levelised energy costs (LCOE) and increase the Investment Rate of Return (IRR) of PV systems, offering substantially improved energy yield compared to the use of standard mono-facial modules. Even though the concept is not new, it has been a niche technology for many years with uncertainties in predicting performance and optimizing installations. Today, bifacial technology is becoming mainstream, with capacity available at the multi-gigawatt scale and with corresponding global deployment of project pipelines. Join this webinar, presented by Andrea Viaro, as he discusses the award-winning Swan bifacial module with transparent backsheet from DuPont, its features, benefits and differences vs. standard glass-glass modules. Jinko Solar’s new bifacial technology innovations will also be highlighted, specifically covering profitability in deployment at utility-scale PV power plants. Andrea will be joined by Dr.Lars Podlowski who will give a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of bifacial PV technology, with a special focus on benefits and risks industry buyers and investors should pay attention to.
Understand fully the technical and logistical supply chains that determine the production and performance of solar modules, including all related factors impacting quality, reliability & bankability.