Uzbekistan: Samarkand Solar Power Project
In 2005, the energy sector emitted 88% of Uzbekistan’s 200 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent greenhouse gas emissions. With the high solar irradiance and abundant land for solar development of Uzbekistan, solar energy was deemed as the most suitable resource that could quickly bridge the energy supply–demand gap, diversify the generation mix, and reduce emissions. The project had three main components: construction of a 100-megawatt photovoltaic power plant including transmission and support facilities, institutional capacity development for Uzbekenergo, and institutional capacity development for solar energy stakeholders. The plant was to be located in the Samarkand Province of Uzbekistan, at a site 13 kilometers southwest of Samarkand City. Samarkand was a high priority due to its historical significance, proximity to the country’s capital Tashkent, and tourism potential.
This report validates the completion report's assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Less than successful.