The Minister of Energy of Kazakhstan, Kanat Bozumbayev, told about the timing of the first renewable energy auction during a meeting with NGOs on environmental issues, Kursiv.kz reports.
According to the head of the Ministry of Energy, the first pilot auction for renewable energy is already planned for 2018. Kanat Bozumbayev expressed confidence that transparency and attractive conditions for auction winners will make these auctions international.
“And this, in turn, will help us reduce renewable energy tariffs and attract large international players. I want to clarify, we used to have feed-in tariffs for renewable energy even a month ago. For example, the tariffs for solar energy amounted to 10-11 US cents, which is 34-36 tenge. In the last auction, held by Saudi Arabia, Masdar company won 800 megawatts at the cost of 1.8 cents. We are not Saudi Arabia, but we are definitely not 10-11 cents,” – the speaker said.
The minister also noted that with the first auction the tariffs for “green” electric energy in the country will become more fair.
In addition, he recalled the agreements with the international financial institutions on the allocation of funds for the development of renewable energy sources.
“EBRD will allocate 200 million euro and attract another 480 million investment in renewable energy projects in Kazakhstan. The Green Climate Fund has approved funding in the amount of 110 million USD for the implementation of renewable energy projects, including the development of solar, wind, small hydropower and biogas energy, as well as the modernization and reinforcement of electric grids in order to integrate RES into the unified energy system,” told Kanat Bozumbaev.