Masdar Achieves Financial Close on 100 MW Solar Project in Uzbekistan

Masdar has announced the financial close of the 100 MW Nur Navoi Solar Project – Uzbekistan’s first successfully-financed independent power producer (IPP) solar project.

The Nur Navoi Solar Project was awarded to Masdar last year under the WBG’s Scaling Solar program, with Masdar tendering the lowest tariff in a competitive auction. In November 2019, Masdar signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) and government support agreement (GSA) with JSC National Electric Grid of Uzbekistan (NEGU) and the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan to design, finance, build, own and operate the solar plant, located in the Navoi region.

“This landmark project will drive the development of Uzbekistan’s independent power producer market, and enable us to increase the share of renewable energy in the energy mix,” said Shukhrat Vafaev, Deputy Minister of Investments and Foreign Trade of the Republic of Uzbekistan. “By opening new markets for the private investment we can support energy sector reform, integrate renewables into the grid and address climate change challenges.”

Loan and guarantee agreements to finance the 100-megawatt photovoltaic plant were signed in a virtual ceremony with representatives from Masdar, Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade (MIFT), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), Asian Development Bank (ADB), the World Bank Group (WBG) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

“This financial close represents a major milestone for not only the Nur Navoi Solar Project but for Uzbekistan’s renewable energy objectives,” said Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar. “Masdar has been a catalyst for renewable energy and clean-tech innovation in more than 30 countries around the world, and we are committed to supporting Uzbekistan in its energy transition. This project will serve as a benchmark for the country as it looks to transform its energy sector and drive sustainable recovery.”

Masdar established Nur Navoi Solar FE LLC as the local project company to deliver the PV plant, which is scheduled to start operations in the third quarter of 2021. The project company will also operate and maintain the plant for a period of 25 years.

Recently, the firm has also announced, that it along with its partners in Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA), EDF and JinkoPower, the successful financial closing of the Al Dhafra Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Independent Power Producer (IPP) project.

The record-breaking project, located approximately 35 kilometers from Abu Dhabi city, will have a capacity of 2 gigawatts (GW) and supply power to the plant’s off-taker, Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC). Once operational, the Al Dhafra Solar PV IPP will be the world’s largest single-site solar power plant, using approximately 3.5 million solar panels to generate enough electricity for approximately 160,000 homes across the UAE.

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Ayush Verma

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.

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