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The government of Kazakhstan has set a target to generate 1,040 MW of renewable energy by 2020.

The government has revealed that it will reach this target by developing four solar plants, 13 wind power plants and 14 hydropower plants. Although no further details were unveiled by the government, media reports suggest the solar plants would have a total capacity of 77MW.

The renewable energy target is part of the government’s 2012-2013 action plan on the development of alternative and renewable energy sources.

Commenting on the development of Kazakhstan’s “green economy”, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and New technologies of Kazakhstan Asset Issekeshev said: “This task requires some specific measures taking into account environmental, economic and social aspects. In this regard, some measures have already been developed and some measures on substantial development of the fuel and energy complex of Kazakhstan still have to be developed.”

Issekeshev also revealed that 450 million kWh of renewable energy was produced in 2012 in Kazakhstan which was up by 6% compared with the previous year.