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The share of renewable energy sources in Kazakhstan’s energy system will reach 3 percent by 2020, Novosti-Kazakhstan reports citing the Astana Solar company.

This forecast is included in the plan for the development of alternative and renewable energy sector in Kazakhstan, whose implementation was discussed today in Astana at a seminar on construction of solar power plants in Kazakhstan.

In line with the plan, between 2014 and 2020 Kazakhstan is to commission generating facilities using renewable energy sources with a total design capacity of 3,054 MW, including 28 solar power plants with a total capacity of 713 MW.

“In line with the plan, the share of renewable energy sources in the country’s energy system will reach 3 percent by 2020,” Astana Solar said.

The seminar focused on the interaction between the state and business, state support and possibilities for construction of solar power plants in Kazakhstan.

”The existing legislative basis in the field of renewable energy sources will allow attracting investors into this new sector of the economy,” Astana Solar quoted its General Director Vyacheslav Sovetsky as saying.

Astana Solar is a subsidiary of Kazakhstan’s national atomic company Kazatomprom implementing a project on production of photovoltaic modules using Kazakhstani silicon.

The purpose of the project is to create a fully vertically integrated production cycle of photovoltaic modules, from extraction and processing of silicon to solar panels assembly. The project has been included into the State Program of Accelerated Industrial-Innovative Development and into the Industrialization Map of Kazakhstan. The interest of Kazakhstan in the development of renewable energy is also seen in the decision of the Head of State to personally attend the ceremony of launching of the first plant in Kazakhstan to produce photovoltaic modules on December 25, 2012.

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