German construction firm Goldbeck Solar and Solarnet Investment have taken up construction on the solar plant in Kazakhstan.
Goldbeck commenced work in early June with the installation of the largest solar power plant covering 160 hectares in the Karaganda Region.
The plant, with an installed power of 100MWp, is expected to produce 140,000MWh/year for an operational period of more than 25 years.
Investment for the project has been calculated at $105m, provided by Solarnet Investment.
The plant will provide a reliable supply of energy in the region, reducing the energy deficit, boosting economic development and creating new jobs.
More than 300 workers and international specialists are being employed during the construction of the plant.
The facility will feature 306,660 solar modules, as well as 40 inverters and a substation connected to the 110kV high-voltage network.
Different logistic services and parallel complementary activities will also be used during and after the construction to ensure the reliable operation of the system.
According to Goldbeck Solar, the region has great solar potential and the authorities have supported the participants to overcome the obstacles presented during the construction of the power plant.
It said that the authorities have been convinced of the positive environmental and economic impact that the plant will bring to the region, once it is operational by the end of 2019.
With the construction of the solar plant in the strategic ‘Silk Road’, Goldbeck Solar expects to consolidate its position as the best option for the construction of future solar power plants in Kazakhstan.
Several new projects are already in the pipeline of the company, and some of them are already in planning and negotiation stages.
Goldbeck Solar president Joachim Goldbeck said: “The process was challenging, but it left us solid experience that we make available to our clients and investors for future projects in this region.”
Image: Goldbeck Solar, Solarnet to build largest solar plant in Central Asia. Photo: Courtesy of Goldbeck Solar GmbH.