The first commercial-scale solar plant in Kazakhstan has received funding worth €80 million (£58m).
The Burnoye Solar project will be built in the energy-deficit Zhambyl region in south Kazakhstan and will include 192,000 panels.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will lend 14.06 billion tenge (£50m) alongside the Clean Technology Fund (CTF), which is providing €13.8 million (£10m).
The venture is owned by UK-based United Green Energy Limited and Samruk Kazyna Invest LLP, the investment arm of Kazakhstan’s sovereign wealth fund.
EBRD President Sir Suma Chakrabarti said: “It will be the first commercial-scale solar park in Kazakhstan.
“It will be the first privately-owned renewable energy generator in Kazakhstan and it is the first use of a new project finance structure that will open the door to more private investment in renewables in the future.”