Azerbaijan has achieved a groundbreaking milestone in its energy landscape with the official launch of the 308MWp Area 60 solar power project. This utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) power plant, the country’s first and largest, marks a significant stride towards sustainable energy generation and diversification away from traditional oil and gas reliance.
Utilizing Sungrow’s cutting-edge utility-scale turnkey solution, the project boasts SG320HX string inverters and MV Stations (MVS), ensuring efficient, safe, and grid-friendly operations. This innovative approach aligns with Azerbaijan’s commitment to enhance renewable energy, aiming to elevate its renewable capacity to 30 percent of the overall energy balance by 2030.
Situated in the Gobustan District, 60 kilometers southwest of Baku, the solar plant spans approximately 5.5 million square meters and is projected to generate 500 million kilowatt-hours annually. This massive output is anticipated to power around 110,000 households, significantly reducing carbon emissions by over 200,000 tons per year.
Azerbaijan’s President, Ilham Aliyev, expressed immense pride in the rapid transformation of the Absheron peninsula from an empty space to a hub of sustainable energy. He noted, “This is a remarkable achievement,” highlighting the country’s commitment to green energy initiatives.
James Wu, Senior Vice President of Sungrow, emphasized the collaborative effort involving Dongfang Electric from China and Masdar from the UAE. Wu underscored China’s role in advancing energy transitions globally, citing Sungrow’s contributions through state-of-the-art renewable solutions and services. He expressed hope for further renewable energy projects under the Belt and Road Initiative, steering the world towards a carbon-neutral future.
The Area 60 solar power project symbolizes Azerbaijan’s strategic alliance with China in supporting the Belt and Road Initiative, marking a pivotal step towards a sustainable and diversified energy sector while significantly reducing the nation’s carbon footprint.