Tajikistan receives grants to pursue clean energy




By Rakhim Nazarov

The Japanese government will assist
Tajikistan in overcoming the energy crisis. On February 4 in Dushanbe, the Tajik and Japanese governments signed a grant agreement on the ‘Project to introduce clean energy through a system of solar panels for power generation’. According to the Tajik Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the total grant is worth 450 million yen (approximately US $4.9 million). Solar panels provided by the project will be installed in medical institutions of Tajikistan.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) also offered its assistance to
Tajikistan. According to the Tajik Ministry of Energy and Industry, the EBRD will allocate 800,000 euros for a feasibility study of 30 small hydropower plants (HPP) in Tajikistan. The two sides have already signed an agreement which provides for a feasibility study of 30 small HPPs, a feasibility study for two more HPPs with 30 MW and 10 MW capacity, and the reconstruction and rehabilitation of another small HPP.

Four companies have been selected to conduct feasibility studies of the construction of small HPPs in all regions of
Tajikistan.  These projects are meant for one and a half years. Also, it was agreed that after completion of the feasibility studies, the EBRD will assist in finding a sponsor for their implementation.

Considering the potential of mountain rivers, experts believe that the construction of small HPPs will be continued in the future. Small HPPs are most effective in mountain villages, where it is difficult to connect consumers to a centralized power system. Moreover, the commissioning of new HPPs reduces electricity shortages, which
Tajikistan is experiencing in the winter-fall period. In the future, all of these HPPs will be connected to the country’s single energy system.