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Masdar starts connecting to the grid a 511 MW solar power project in Uzbekistan

The Emirati renewable company Masdar has connected the first units of a 511 MW solar project to the Uzbek power grid. The project comprises two solar parks located in the cities of Samarkand and Jizzakh, in eastern Uzbekistan. The announcement was made by Trina Tracker, a subsidiary of the Chinese company Trina Solar, which was contracted to provide its trackers for the project.

The Samarkand and Jizzakh solar parks are being developed and built by Masdar and were contracted by a subsidiary of China’s Dongfang Electric Corporation. Once fully commissioned, the project is expected to generate 1.12 TWh/year of electricity, enough to supply about 240,000 Uzbek households. 

As of end-2022, solar represented only about 1% of Uzbekistan’s installed capacity with 253 MW. The country currently has about 1.2 GW of solar capacity under construction and over 2 GW under development. In January 2024, Uzbekistan set a target to reach 27 GW of renewable energy capacity and 40% of electricity production from renewables by 2030 (against 2.3 GW and 7% in 2022).

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