• ACWA Power Signs Green Financing Agreements for Usd533 Million Tashkent Riverside Project In Uzbekistan
  • The project includes a 500MWh battery energy storage system – the largest in Central Asia – and a 200MW solar plant
  • Financing documents were signed with six lenders including the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Islamic Development Bank, DEG, Proparco, Standard Chartered, and KfW-IPEX Bank

By: Muhammad Arif

London: Saudi-listed ACWA Power, the world’s largest private water desalination company, and first mover into green hydrogen, has signed green financing agreements for Tashkent’s Riverside power plant in Uzbekistan with a financial of the USD533, ACWA Power stated on Monday.

Project includes a solar plant and the largest battery energy storage system (BESS) in Central Asia.

The total investment cost of the project is 2 billion Saudi Riyals, according to a statement issued by ACWA Power to the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul).

Clean energy specialist, ACWA Power, said it wholly owns the Riverside Power Station project in Tashkent.

It added that ACWA Power Riverside Solar Energy Holding secured 1.4 billion Saudi Riyals for 19 years with the aim of developing, financing, designing, constructing and operating the power plant.

The funding it secured was provided by a consortium of development finance institutions, funds and international commercial lenders including the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Proparco, DEG, Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), Standard Chartered Bank and KFW-IPEX Bank.

“In a world that is looking for greater participation of private capital in emerging markets to support growth and decarbonization, Uzbekistan is a case study under the vision and leadership of its Government and lenders like EBRD, DEG, Islamic Development Bank, Proparco, KfW-IPEX Bank and Standard Chartered,” said Chief Executive Officer of ACWA Power Marco Arcelli.

He added that the agreement for the Tashkent Riverside project reflects the strong trust placed in ACWA Power as the private sector partner, and one of the global leaders in renewables and energy storage.

“This trust is built on our unparalleled track record and we look forward to the successful execution of this new project to contribute to the country’s ambitious low carbon future,” Arcelli added.

Nandita Parshad, Managing Director of Sustainable Infrastructure Group at EBRD, said: “We are proud to partner with ACWA Power and co-financiers on the pioneering Tashkent Solar PV and energy storage project in Uzbekistan, the largest of its kind in Central Asia.”

“The project is core to Uzbekistan’s ambition to install 25GW of renewables by 2030. This project can power 170,000 households and the battery storage capacity is equivalent to 8000 electric vehicles.”

The project will play an instrumental role in achieving Uzbekistan’s ambitious targets to transition to a low-carbon economy as well as diversify its energy sources.

By 2030, Uzbekistan is aiming to generate 40% of its electricity from renewables.

The BESS will help to mitigate the effects of intermittency that are inherent in renewable energy sources, storing excess electricity generated during times of high production and make it available during periods of low production. This will ensure a constant and reliable supply of electricity to the grid, ultimately helping to meet the growing demand for energy in Uzbekistan.

Uzbekistan is ACWA Power’s second-largest market in terms of investments, underscoring the company’s long-standing commitment to the country. The company’s current portfolio in Uzbekistan now comprises 11.6GW of power, of which 10.1GW is renewable, as well as the Republic’s first green hydrogen project, with a capacity of 3,000 tons per year.

ACWA Power has recently signed a landmark $4.85 billion power purchase agreement (PPA) with the National Electric Grid of Uzbekistan for Central Asia’s largest wind farm — the Aral 5GW Wind Independent Power Producer (IPP) project in the Karakalpakstan region.

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