$13 million worth of solar batteries produced in Astana 28 ноября 2013, 12:22
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Astana-based plant Astana Solar has produced 2 billion tenge ($13 million) worth of solar batteries, Tengrinews reports citing the public relations department of KazAtomProm, Kazakhstan national nuclear company.
Astana Solar is a subsidiary of KazAtomProm.
"Since its launch on December 25, 2012, the plant has produced 27 564 photoelectric modules totally worth 2 billion tenge ($13 million). This amount equals to a 6.4 MW generating capacity. When fully loaded, the plant produces over 300 photoelectric modules a day," a representative of KazAtomProm said.
According to the national company, since the beginning of bulk sales in June 2013, it has signed sales contracts for 15 413 solar modules (total generating capacity of 3.5 MW) with local enterprises and has signed intention agreements for another 1.4 MW worth of modules.
The press-service added that Astana Solar was at its final stage of its adjustment and commissioning. The plan is to bring the plant to full capacity in the first quarter of 2014.
Local Kazakh companies dominate the consumers pool of Astana Solar. "We are searching for an outlet to the foreign markets as well. We consider our neighbors and integration union partners our priority targets. The quality is the main advantage of our product, it meets most progressive standards and is based on the technologies of leading European producers," KazAtomProm said.
The plant for production of solar modules was launched in Astana on December 25, 2013. Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev attended the ceremony to unveil the production line.
“You work at the very first plant producing solar modules in Kazakhstan. Green economy is our future. We have chosen this subject for the EXPO-2017 and are preparing for it. These panels will be installed on rooftops and in other locations. I saw seen their use in South Korea and the United States. Of course, they are not going to replace oil, gas and other energy sources in the near future, but we have to develop (this technology),” the President told the plant’s employees.
By Baubek Konyrov