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Total Eren, an Independent Power Producer (IPP) leader in renewable energy, is proud to announce the commissioning of Tutly, a solar photovoltaic (PV) plant (131 MWp1 in the Samarkand region in Uzbekistan.
The Tutly solar farm is located about 100 kilometers west of Samarkand. It was completely developed by Total Eren. It is the country’s first IPP project and one of the most important renewable energy projects. The Uzbek authorities provided unique support and cooperation during both the construction and development phases.
In October 2018, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited France to launch the project. He signed a Framework Agreement between Total Eren, Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade of Uzbekistan and the state-owned utility National Electric Networks of Uzbekistan.
Tashkent witnessed the signing of financial documentation on May 10, 2021. Financial Close took place in August 2021. Proparco, the European Investment Bank (EIB), and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development EBRD funded the project with a EUR 43.7M loan and two loans each of EUR 21.8M. Through a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement, Tutly’s electricity was purchased by the National Electric Networks of Uzbekistan (PPA ). Turnkey Engineering, Procurement & Construction contracts were signed by METKA EGN, a Business Unit for Renewables & Storage Development of MYTILINEOS S.A, a prominent industrial company in Greece that operates in the areas of EPC projects, metallurgy, electricity, and other sectors.
Total Eren’s first project, Tutly, uses only bifacial PV Modules. These modules can capture direct or reflected sunlight and generate more solar electricity. The plant will produce approximately 270 GWh annually, which is enough to meet the needs of around 140,000 people in Uzbekistan. It also reduces CO2 emissions by 160,000 tons each year. With more than 300 workers working on site during construction, and 15 permanent jobs for operation, the solar farm supports regional sustainable growth.
Uzbekistan’s power generation is dominated by thermal power plants. These include both coal-fired and gas-fired power stations. Diversification of the electricity mix is a key step in the low-carbon trajectory. The Tutly solar power plant contributes to the Uzbek government’s objective to build 12 GW (solar and wind), to produce 25% of electricity in the country by 2030. Total Eren and its associates are proud to have played a major role in the Uzbek government’s ambitious energy transition plan. Total Eren’s solar farm is an active contribution to the creation of a low-carbon environment in Uzbekistan and to enhancing socio-economic growth.
Fabienne Demol is Executive Vice President and Head of Business Development at Total Eren. She said: “We are thrilled to have succeeded in the commissioning our first solar farm Uzbekistan. This promising country is the perfect example for what we want to accomplish. We are proud to have fulfilled our promise today, despite many unexpected challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the rise in solar module prices and transport costs. The Tutly solar farm will now provide low-carbon electricity for the Uzbek people. We are looking forward and eager to build more solar and wind projects in Uzbekistan as well as in Central Asia.