Sun-powered synergy: Samarkand solar plant bolsters China-Uzbekistan green ties – China Daily

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This photo taken on April 29, 2024 shows the solar PV plant built by China’s Dongfang Electric Corporation in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. [Photo/Xinhua]

SAMARKAND — In Kattakurgan, some 50 km northwest of Samarkand, Uzbekistan’s bustling gem and second-largest city, lies an ocean of solar panels, casting waves of dazzling radiance beneath the Central Asian sun.

The 220 MWac Samarkand solar PV plant, constructed by Chengdu-based Dongfang Electric Corporation, greeted the public for the first time on Monday after its installation in April.

At the doors-open event, Deputy Minister of Energy of Uzbekistan Umid Mamadaminov said the project is “one of the first large-scale renewable energy projects in Uzbekistan.” He added that it is significant for strengthening Uzbek-Chinese ties, expanding bilateral cooperation and showcasing China’s commitment to and experience in green development.

DEC adheres to its mission to “Shape the Future with Green Power” and works with all stakeholders to share development results and create a better future, said Yuan Minggang, from the top management of DEC.

Sherzod Mukhammadiyev, a 26-year-old engineer who has been working on the project since August 2023, is responsible for the technical support of construction on site.

“I think our Chinese colleagues are enthusiastic and energetic, and I have acquired a lot of skills working with them. I appreciate the youth employment opportunities the project brings. I am proud to participate in it and contribute to the construction of my hometown,” he said.

Shakhnoza Mirzaeva, a 36-year-old mother of two twins who is the project’s human resources manager and also oversees external relations, said she was happy about the changes in her life brought about by the project.

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