Renewable Energy Resources in Uzbekistan
On 7 Feburary 2014 the World Bank (WB) and the Uzbek government signed two agreements totaling $52.7 million for projects in the agricultural sector, reported RIA Novosti with reference to a WB representative in Uzbekistan. Included in this is a U$12.699 million grant for Uzbekistan for the development of agriculture and to mitigate the consequences of climate change. The grant has been allocated from the Global Environment Fund. The funds will be spent on the construction of 50 biogas plants, 14 solar mini-installations, as well as five pumping stations, working on renewable energy farms in eight regions of the country.
According to Saroj Kumar Jha, the World Bank’s Country Director for Central Asia, 'This Project will promote the introduction of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies of relevance to agribusinesses and farms, and strengthen the capacity for improving degraded irrigated land and water conservation in the Andijan, Bukhara, Jizzak, Kashkadarya, Samarkand, Syrdarya, Tashkent, and Fergana regions.'
Sources and further information: Azernews and Times of Central Asia