A regional conference to discuss perspectives for renewable energy development in the countries of Central Asia will take place in Dushanbe from June 2-4. 

According to press center of the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources of Tajikistan says the main objective of the conference is in promoting development of renewable water resources and energy efficiency in Central Asia.  

The conference is reportedly organized by the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources of Tajikistan, (MoEWR), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Power Central Asia Project, UNDP, the Association of Renewable Energy of Tajikistan, and Nerui Toza NGO.

The conference participants will have an opportunity to share views and experience in the development of renewable energy in Central Asia, and to develop recommendations on policies and cooperation in the field of renewables. 

They will engage in a more in-depth examination of experience of the countries of the region in assessing solar and wind energy resources.  

The Central Asian region possesses an estimated 5% of the world’s natural capacity for wind and solar energy capture, which provides abundant opportunities for developing renewable energy.  Yet, with the exception of hydropower, notably in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, the share of renewables in national energy mixes is negligible in all Central Asia’s countries.  The region’s significant renewable energy potential is underutilized due to multiple financial, technical and social barriers.