Georgia to develop renewable sources of energy

Published in Politics
Thursday, 12 January 2017 10:30
The EU, TBC Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) are to work together to support the expansion of renewable sources of energy, through the construction of a hydropower plant (HPP) in northern Georgia. The project is in line with the strategic priorities of the Georgian government to develop renewable energy generation and infrastructure. 
The power plant construction will benefit the citizens of Georgia by reinforcing energy security, increasing competitiveness in the energy market as well as by boosting the development of the Racha region through the creation of new jobs.
The Lukhuni 2 HPP will have an installed capacity of 17.2 MW and an expected annual generation of 86.3 GWh. In summer the power plant will be eligible to export electricity to Turkey, while in winter it will play a key role in providing electricity to northern Georgia.
The combined investment from the institutions totals EUR 13.5 million. The EBRD financing and the EU's support for the investment will allow to implement EU standards during the construction of the HPP and to introduce more efficient and quality-oriented management practices, creating a benchmark for the industry. 
The EU’s support for the hydropower project is part of these a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) activities and benefits from funding under the EU4Business initiative.
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