Tashkent, Uzbekistan, May 17, 2018—IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, has signed a mandate with the government
of Uzbekistan to increase its renewable power capacity and encourage private
sector investment in Uzbekistan’s renewable-energy sector.
As transaction advisor, IFC will advise the government and the state-owned
national power utility, Uzbekenergo on structuring a PPP to mobilize private
sector experience and capital to construct and operate a 100-megawatt solar
plant. That will be the first phase of a larger initiative to generate
up to 1-gigawatt of new solar energy.
“Developing renewable energy in Uzbekistan is crucial to diversify our
power supply,” said Sukhrob Kholmuradov, Uzbekistan’s Deputy Prime Minister.
“The joint work of IFC, the State Investment Committee and Uzbekenergo
could bring up to $1 billion in private investment to develop solar photovoltaic
plants that will not only improve the supply, but also create a transparent
mechanism to attract more private sector investment, which could be successfully
replicated in other energy spheres.”
Despite having significant solar resources, Uzbekistan is highly dependent
on natural gas for electricity generation. The government aims to develop
the renewable energy sector to diversify the country’s energy mix and
attract private investment in the sector.
“The agreement demonstrates the strong partnership between IFC and Uzbekistan,”
said Georgina Baker, IFC Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean,
Europe, and Central Asia. “We are committed to creating markets and crowding-in
private investment to help unlock and scale up renewable energy in Uzbekistan,
and provide clean, reliable energy to its citizens.”
Globally, over the past decade, IFC has invested $18.3 billion of its own
funds in long-term financing for climate-smart projects and mobilized an
additional $11 billion from other investors. Through these investments,
IFC has developed expertise in key climate markets including solar, hydropower,
wind, energy storage, green buildings, and waste-to-energy.
IFC—a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank
Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private
sector in emerging markets. We work with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide,
using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities
in the toughest areas of the world. In FY17, IFC delivered a record $19.3
billion in long-term financing for developing countries, leveraging the
power of the private sector to help end poverty and boost shared prosperity.
For more information, visit www.ifc.org.