Azerbaijan’s renewable energy capacity stands at 7,538 MW

December 15, 2021 5:30 p.m. (UTC+04:00)

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By Ayya Lmahamad

To date, the total installed capacity of renewable energy sources in Azerbaijan is 7,538 MW, Day.az reported with reference to the presentation of the State Agency on Renewable Energy Sources.

Of this capacity, thermal power plants account for 6,238 MW.

At the same time, hydroelectric power stations represent 1,151 MW, solar power stations 42 MW, wind power stations 63 MW and power stations producing electricity from waste 37 MW.

Currently, most of the electricity produced in Azerbaijan comes from traditional energy sources, which are mainly gas-fired power plants. For example, about 93% of the electricity generated in the country last year came from gas, and the rest came from renewable energy sources.

The transformation of Azerbaijan into a “green growth” country through the extensive use of renewable energy over the next 10 years has been defined by President Ilham Aliyev as one of the national priorities that will ensure socio-economic development. economy of the country.

Azerbaijan aims to increase the share of renewable energy sources in electricity generation to 30% by 2030, using the country’s solar and wind energy potential and increasing investments in this area. By 2030, approximately 1,500 MW of new installed capacity is expected to be commissioned.

In this regard, Azerbaijan has signed an agreement with the Saudi company ACWA Power for the construction of a 240 MW wind power plant, and with the Masdar company of the United Arab Emirates for the construction of a 230 MW solar power plant.

In addition, Azerbaijan is taking steps to develop renewable energy resources in its territories liberated from Armenian occupation in 2020 and to make the Karabakh region the “green energy zone”. In this regard, the country’s Ministry of Energy and BP have signed an implementation agreement for the construction of a 240 MW solar power plant in the liberated regions of Zangilan and Jabrayil.

Ayya ​​Lmahamad is the journalist of AzerNews, follow her on Twitter: @AyyaLmahamad

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