Uzbekistan introduces wind-friendly measures

UZBEKISTAN: Uzbekistan has initiated a set of measures, including tax exemption on land, to support wind development in the country.

Tashkent is the location of Uzbekistan's only wind project

The planned actions include exempting wind power equipment manufacturers from taxes on income and land for 15 years and abolishing customs duties on imported wind components.

According to the Uzbek energy ministry, the measures will be included in a new renewables law, that is expected to be approved at the end of this year or at the beginning of 2015. It is part of the country's plan to increase its renewables share of electricity output from the current 10% to 20% by 2030.

In June, Uzbek state utility Uzbekenergo appointed German renewables consultancy Geo-Net Umweltconsulting to evaluate the country's wind energy potential.

Uzbekenergo head of development Ravshan Artikov said the evaluations would be organised in six regions of the country, starting this year and finishing in mid-2015.