Uzbekistan’s Energy Ministry announced on July 12 it has now signed project agreements with Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) for the two 220 MW photovoltaic solar plants in the Jizzakh and Samarkand regions. “Uzbekistan has been working closely with the IFC to open up the country’s power sector to private investment 

and to help us reach our goal of 25% of energy consumption deriving from renewable sources by 2030,” Uzbekistan’s Energy Minister Alisher Sultanov said. “These projects are key components in our ambitious strategy to develop environmentally friendly renewable sources of energy to meet our growing electricity demand,” he added.