Rasim Sattarzade- Head of environmental policy department of Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources recently announced that in the coming years the republic will boost its investments in alternative energy sector.
He further added the potential of renewable energy sources in Azerbaijan will allow to generate 62.8 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity per year. Sattarzade drew attention to the fact that the republic had been developing the sphere of renewable energy sources actively, in order to augment its use, a much safer option than traditional hydrocarbons.
“The sun and wind are environmentally friendly and aren’t depleted during consumption,” Sattarzade commented. “Our country has great potential for the development of alternative energy.”
In his address, Sattarzade commented a major part of Azerbaijan’s potential will be invested for solar energy, which is estimated at 23,040 megawatts. Wind energy accounts for 3,000 megawatts, biomass – 380 megawatts, geothermal energy – 800 megawatts and the potential of small hydropower plants accounts for the remaining 520 megawatts. Hydropower plants being the most important source for renewable energy in the region.
“A large number of projects have already been implemented, but starting this year, projects for the development of alternative energy will be implemented with greater intensity,” the department head confirmed. “Major state investments are expected in alternative energy generation projects, as the state attaches great importance to this industry.”
“Most sites for the construction of hydropower plants are already in use,” the department head noted. “The number of dams and reservoirs that can be built on the river is limited. The energy taken by the power plant from the river can no longer be used downstream. If too many power plants are built on the river, economic conflicts associated with the distribution of water energy are inevitable.”