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Voltalia confirms 50MW/ 100MWh co-located BESS in Uzbekistan; 1 GWh project on anvil

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RE service provider Voltalia has announced the start of  construction of the 126 MW Sarimay solar power plant, which will have a co-located 50 MW/ 100 MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) in a multi-energy complex located in the Khorezm region of Uzbekistan. 

In this regard, the company has signed two new energy storage partnership agreements. One on the construction of the aforementioned BESS at the solar plant, scheduled to start later this year post the signing of long-term sales contracts. The second agreement is on a proposal to develop a new 500 MW / 1000 MWh battery complex in the country. 

The tripartite partnership between the Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Trade (MIFT) and Voltalia aims to support the growth of renewable energy production in the country by guaranteeing the stability and sustainability of its power grid, according to the company. 

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Sébastien Clerc, CEO of Voltalia commented, "The launch of work at Sarimay and the conclusion of an agreement for a new storage complex illustrate our commitment to strengthening our presence in Uzbekistan. These initiatives demonstrate our determination to play an important role in the country's energy transformation, offering innovative solutions that support the decarbonization and stability of the country's electricity infrastructure".

"Furthermore, by offering long-term sales contracts for major national and international storage projects, Uzbekistan offers the opportunity to accelerate Voltalia's battery storage strategy, without being exposed to fluctuations of the electricity market prices", he added.

Further, construction of a wind farm in the multi-energy complex is also being investigated by detailed assessment. Voltalia is positive on the potentials of renewable energy and battery storage projects in the Central Asian country.

Voltalia generates and sells electricity from its wind, solar, hydro, biomass and storage facilities. It has 2.9 GW of capacity in operation and under construction, and a portfolio of projects under development with a total capacity of 16.6 GW at present. 

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Author : Dhiyanesh Ravichandran
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