How Uzbekistan is Becoming a Solar Energy Powerhouse

Increasingly, countries are finding solar power to be a sustainable source of energy. Photo credit: ADB.
Increasingly, countries are finding solar power to be a sustainable source of energy. Photo credit: ADB.

Uzbekistan is capturing solar energy and knowledge with its first large-scale solar power plant and a new solar energy institute.


In the Republic of Uzbekistan, increasing demand and aging thermal power plants contribute to growing energy deficiencies.

Solar energy is a sustainable option for bridging the gap that, until recently, has been overlooked. Solar development in Uzbekistan was limited to academic research since its independence in 1991.

Now, Uzbekistan aims to become a regional hub for solar energy.

With assistance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Uzbekistan established the International Solar Energy Institute, developed a road map for solar energy development with action plans and enabling policies, and a pipeline of solar projects. Perimeter fencing and construction of access road, transmission line, and other auxiliary facilities are ongoing.

Through ADB financing, Uzbekistan is building its first large-scale solar power plant even as it continues to increase research and institutional capacities for the finance, design, implementation, operation, and maintenance of this modern infrastructure. The 100-megawatt solar power plant will be among the world’s largest photovoltaic power plants, with a gross annual output of at least 159 gigawatt-hours.

Project information

Project snapshot

  • 2013: Loan approval
  • 2016: Design-build-operate contract for power plant signed
  • 2018: Expected date of commissioning
  • US$ 310 million: Total project cost estimate
  • US$ 110 million: Loan amount

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Meet the expert

  • Cindy Cisneros-Tiangco    
    Energy Specialist, Central and West Asia Department, Asian Development Bank

    Cindy Tiangco has more than 20 years of experience in energy. She develops innovative clean energy projects in Central and West Asia. She holds a doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from Australia’s University of New South Wales, a master’s degree in Energy Technology from Thailand’s Asian Institute of Technology, and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Silliman University, Philippines.

   Uzbekistan, Energy
   Last updated: February 2017



The views expressed in these articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Asian Development Bank, its management, its Board of Directors, or its members.

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