Azerbaijan’s goal of diversifying its energy mix has received a major boost with the approval of US$ 114.2 million financing package from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD). The funds will be used to commission a 230-megawatt (MW) photovoltaic (PV) solar power plant located near the Alat settlement in eastern Azerbaijan.
The funding will be provided to the Garadagh Solar Project developer Masdar Azerbaijan Energy LLC, a leading renewable energy company operating globally and an existing client of the Bank.
Masdar’s solar power plant is the first privately owned, utility-scale solar power project in Azerbaijan. Today’s agreement sets the precedent for further private-sector participation in Azerbaijan’s renewable energy market actively supported by the EBRD at the policy and investment level. Once commissioned, the plant’s 230 MW of renewable energy will generate up to 558 Gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity, reducing annual CO2 emissions by up to 265,000 tonnes.
This will not only support Azerbaijan’s decarbonisation agenda, but also contribute to European energy security by increasing availability of domestic gas for exports.
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