EBRD Extends Renewables Financing by EUR 300 mn in Kazakhstan

EBRD Extends Renewables Financing by EUR 300 mn in Kazakhstan

EBRD is supporting Kazakhstan’s drive to promote renewable energy, with new funds under the Bank’s Kazakhstan Renewables Framework

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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced that it is pledging fresh funds to support Kazakhstan’s drive as a regional leader to promote renewable energy, with the help of a second phase of the Bank’s Kazakhstan Renewables Framework of up to EUR 300 million.

The facility will promote solar, wind, hydro, biogas, distribution and transmission projects and is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 500,000 tonnes per year.

The EBRD Board of Directors approved the extension to the existing Framework, which has been almost fully utilised. The first phase supported the creation of 262 MW of renewable power-generation capacity across the country, attracted four private international investors and supported a grid-strengthening project.

In addition to the EBRD funding, the Framework will be supported by concessional finance from the Green Climate Fund (GCF). It will also benefit from a comprehensive technical cooperation programme, which will support competitive tendering for wind projects, the development of a carbon market in Kazakhstan and the promotion of gender inclusion in the renewable energy sector.

In September 2019, in order to address the implications of climate change for Kazakhstan, the country’s Ministry of Energy and the EBRD signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) reaffirming the Bank’s commitment to supporting renewables projects in Kazakhstan, focusing on financing competitively tendered renewables projects.

The extension of the Kazakhstan Renewables Framework will help the country to reach its renewable energy targets of 3 percent of generation by 2020 and 50 percent by 2050 and to meet its commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement.

To date, the EBRD has invested over EUR 8.3 billion (USD 9.1 billion equivalent) through 262 projects in the economy of Kazakhstan. Over EUR 2 billion of this funding has supported Green Economy Transition projects.

In April, we reported that the EBRD along with the GCF has provided USD 16.7 million as a loan to support the development of a new 30 MW solar PV power plant in Zhangiz-tobe in Kazakhstan.

The financing package arranged by the EBRD includes a local currency loan of up to KZT 4.4 billion (USD 11.7 million) and a loan of up to USD 5 million from the GCF. The proceeds will be used to finance the construction of a new 30 MW solar power plant.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.