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NEWS AND EVENTS
April 14, 2005
UNDP OPENS NEW PROJECT ON RENEWABLE ENERGY IN KARAKALPAKSTAN
United Nations Development Program in Uzbekistan (UNDP) launched a new project in the area of renewable energy ?Clean Energy for Rural Communities in Karakalpakstan ? Phase II? on 13 April.

The first phase of the UNDP Project ?Clean Energy for rural communities in Karakalpakstan? was implemented in 2003/2004. The objective of that project was to demonstrate the practical use of solar panels for the independent supply of energy to remote villages and settlements of Karakalpakstan.

Due to the enormous financial investment required, the connection of remote villages to the centralized energy sources is not likely. The project was meant to demonstrate that the use of solar energy could be the optimal solution for the population of the region. During the project?s realization, 25 solar panels of 2 types were placed and launched: 15 for households? needs and 10 for pumping water from the well.

The first type of households? solar panels was installed in families of Kostruba village, situated in the middle of Kyzylkum desert. One such unit is able to produce energy sufficient for 3 light bulbs, one TV-set and a radio. Solar panels for water pumping were installed in the village of Karauzyak providing a supply of water to the farmers. Furthermore, the improvement of living standards of farmers and inhabitants ? owner of solar panel equipment now - could be considered as the main achievement of the project.

In response to a demand of the Government of Karakalpakstan, addressing UNDP in view of finding possibilities for further development of the project, UNDP prepared and launched a new project ?Clean Energy for rural communities in Karakalpakstan ? Phase II?.

The objective of the project?s second phase will be to provide all the inhabitant of Kostruba village with solar panels energy sources, also to raise awareness among population of other remote settlements in Karakalpakstan, of the advantages in using renewable sources of energy. Although, the most important outcome of this project should be the creation of sustainable mechanisms for a larger expansion of renewable energy in use by rural communities in Karakalpakstan with no-centralized energy supply networks.


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