September 27 (Renewables Now) - Plenitude, part of Italian oil and gas company Eni SpA (BIT:ENI), has officially opened its first solar park in the Republic of Kazakhstan, a plant with a capacity of 50 MW located near the border with Uzbekistan.
The milestone was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by local authorities and the Ambassador of Italy to Kazakhstan, Marco Alberti, Eni said on Wednesday.
The Shaulder photovoltaic (PV) farm is situated in the southernmost Kazakh region of Turkistan, covering 100 hectares (247 acres) of land close to the village of Shaulder. With 93,000 panels, it is expected to generate up to 90 GWh of electricity annually.
The project was carried out by the company’s fully owned local subsidiary Arm Wind LLP, which owns about 150 MW of renewable energy capacity in Kazakhstan.
"This project, which complements the two wind farms Badamsha-1 and Badamsha-2 inaugurated by the company in 2020 and 2022 respectively, will contribute to Kazakhstan's ongoing energy transition process and carbon neutrality goals,” said Stefano Goberti, CEO of Plenitude.