The Kapchagai Project Would Use Local Resources To Produce Sustainable Energy Within 5 Months.

The 2MW station will be the country's first solar energy project of commercial importance. It’s scheduled to start operating in 2013.

"It's Kazakhstan's first-ever major solar power station involving such efficient elements as photoelectric panels made of single-crystalline silicon, which are capable of converting solar energy to electricity with minimal losses," Samruk-Energo spokesman Oral Karpishev said.

The solar station will partially satisfy Almaty Oblast's growing power demand.

"While having a relatively small capacity, the future solar station will nevertheless contribute to the national energy mix, which is particularly timely, considering the growth of power consumption throughout Kazakhstan, especially in Almaty Oblast," said Kairat Rakhimov, head of the Industry and New Technologies Ministry's Renewable Energy Sources Department.

Almaty Oblast power demand has grown 5.5% a year, the ministry said. Britain's BISOL Central Asia Ltd., a subsidiary of BISOL Group Slovenia, which has a record of implementing similar projects internationally, will design the station, supply the necessary elements and carry out the construction work.