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Kazakhstan to Add 1 Gigawatt of Renewable Energy Power by 2020

Feb. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Kazakhstan plans to invest in the construction of hydro, wind and solar power plants to add 1,040 megawatts of renewable energy capacity by 2020.

The central Asian nation plans to build 13 wind power plants with total capacity of 793 megawatts, Deputy Prime Minister Aset Isekeshev told a government meeting today in the capital, Astana. The country also plans to construct 14 hydropower plants with capacity of 170 megawatts and 4 solar power plants able to produce 77 megawatts, he said, according to an e-mailed copy of his speech.

The projects include construction of a 23 billion-tenge ($153 million) wind-power plant near Astana by 2017, and a $196 million hydropower plant in the Almaty region by 2015, according to Isekeshev’s e-mailed presentation.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nariman Gizitdinov in Almaty at ngizitdinov@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Steve Voss at sev@bloomberg.net

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