The French renewable energy company Voltalia has signed cooperation agreements with the Uzbek Government for the development of two renewable projects in Uzbekistan, totalling up to 600 MW in capacity. With these agreements, Voltalia has agreed the next steps required to build its up to 500 MW Shurkul hybrid project, which is being developed in the Navoi region of southwestern Uzbekistan. The project comprises the installation of solar PV, wind and energy storage capacity of between 400 MW and 500 MW. An initial agreement for the project was first signed in 2021.
The second project consists in the addition of 100 MW of wind and battery energy storage capacity to the already existing 123 MW Sarimay solar project, located in Uzbekistan’s Khorezm region. Voltalia secured the right to develop the project in December 2022 in a tender coordinated by the International Finance Corporation.
At the end of 2021, Uzbekistan had only 1 MW of installed wind capacity and 104 MW of solar capacity. However, Uzbekistan targets 8 GW of solar and wind capacity by 2026 and 12 GW by 2030. The country is planning to build at least 5 GW of solar, 3 GW of wind, and 1.9 GW of hydropower capacities by 2030 to cover 25% of the power mix (up from 10% in 2019). Uzbekistan also plans to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.