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March 2 (Renewables Now) - The government of Uzbekistan plans to launch an international tender for the construction of a 100-MW solar park in Fergana region, in the eastern parts of the country.
The project will be implemented through a public-private partnership (PPP), supporting Uzbekistan’s goal to deploy up to 7 GW of solar power capacity by 2030. A Request for Qualification (RFQ) is due to be issued in June, the government said last week.
The selected developer will sign a 25-year contract and will be tasked with the design, building, financing, operation, maintenance of the photovoltaic (PV) park. The construction of transmission infrastructure will also be included.
According to the indicative tender schedule, proposals will be accepted by September, while pre-qualified bidders will be announced in October. The next phase will be the launch of a Request for Proposal (RFP) with a deadline until February 2023. The winner, entitled to a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA), will be selected in March 2023.
The project will be realised under a programme of the Uzbek government and supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for the deployment of 1 GW of solar capacity on a PPP basis. It will be the third scheme tendered under the same programme.
The government noted that the final location for the project will be confirmed at a later stage.
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