Plenitude, a subsidiary of Italian oil and gas company Eni, has opened Shaulder, a 50MW solar plant in Kazakhstan.

Located close to Shaulder village in the Turkistan region, the solar plant has been built on 100 hectares of land.

Construction began in March 2021. The plant will have an annual power generation capacity of 90 gigawatt-hours (GWh) and comprises 93,000 solar panels and an electrical substation.

The power is being supplied to the local grid via a 7.5km overhead power line.

During its lifetime, the power plant will avoid 1.2 million tonnes (t) of CO₂ emissions, supporting the country’s aim to generate at least 50% of its energy from renewable sources by 2050.

The Shaulder project was executed by Plenitude’s local renewable subsidiary, Arm Wind, further expanding its international footprint.

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Plenitude CEO Stefano Goberti stated: “The construction of the Shaulder photovoltaic farm represents the first important step for Plenitude in the solar energy sector in Kazakhstan. The plant will contribute to the development of the Turkistan region by making available to the local territory the most advanced technologies in this field.

“This project, which complements the two wind farms Badamsha-1 and Badamsha-2, inaugurated by the company in 2020 and 2022, respectively, will contribute to Kazakhstan’s ongoing energy transition process and carbon neutrality goals.”

The company launched its first renewables project in Kazakhstan in March 2020 with the 48MW Badamsha-1 wind farm in the Aktobe region. It generates 195GWh of clean energy annually while preventing 170,000t of carbon emissions.