Renewable energy output growing in Azerbaijan

In 2020 the European Union intends to expand cooperation with Azerbaijan in latest technologies on renewables, Head of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan Kestutis Jankauskas told Trend agency. “We are already working with Azerbaijan on its new long term Energy Strategy. We are ready to help with latest technologies on renewable energy sources. Azerbaijan has a lot of wind and sun. Harvesting it would make many utility bills smaller and our environment cleaner,” he said.

Earlier, Zaur Mammadov, head of the Office of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Energy, told Trend that economic and technical potential of renewable energy in Azerbaijan is estimated at 26,900 megawatts including wind energy (3K megawatts), solar energy (23K megawatts), bioenergy potential (380 megawatts) and mountain river energy (520 megawatts). In 2018, Azerbaijan generated 25.2 bln kilowatts of electricity, 2 bln kilowatt hours of which (8/1%) accounted for renewable energy sources.

The European Commission has presented the European Green Deal, the most ambitious package of measures that should enable European citizens and businesses to benefit from sustainable green transition. Measures accompanied with an initial roadmap of key policies range from ambitiously cutting emissions, to investing in cutting-edge research and innovation, to preserving Europe’s natural environment. Supported by investments in green technologies, sustainable solutions and new businesses, the Green Deal can be a new EU growth strategy. Involvement and commitment of the public and of all stakeholders is crucial to its success.

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