President lauds first solar power plant's role for Azerbaijan [UPDATE]
By Ayya Lmahamad
President Ilham Aliyev has outlined the major significance of the first solar power plant to be built in Azerbaijan.
He made the remarks while receiving the delegation led by United Arab Emirates (UAE) Energy and Infrastructure Minister Suhail Al Mazrouei on March 15.
“I hope that next year we will hold another ceremony to mark the launch of the station. This is a really major and important event because the station is the first solar power plant of this scale to be built in Azerbaijan,” he said.
Aliyev noted that the station will be built by one of the leading companies in this field, by a company from a friendly country.
“I think this is just the beginning of our cooperation. I am confident that as in other areas, we will find and explore many opportunities in the field of renewable energy,” he said.
Aliyev noted that both countries have achieved good results in trade and political contacts, adding that the relations between the leaders of the two countries are very cordial.
“I am confident that we will succeed in the field of renewable energy as well. Given the current situation in the world energy market, I think we can look at a broader picture,” he said.
Moreover, noting that there is excellent cooperation between the two countries in the OPEC+ format, the president expressed his intention to “look more closely at the potential, potential investment and joint activities in this area to achieve our goals to the maximum extent”.
In turn, Suhail Al Mazrouei noted that the UAE and Masdar are committed to supporting Azerbaijan’s renewable energy strategy.
“We are also interested in participating in other projects – for example, the issue of gas, as I discussed with my Azerbaijani colleague,” he said.
He also noted that more gas can be transported from Azerbaijan to Europe to diversify sources, as well as hydrogen.
“Using the gas pipeline, hydrogen could be a form of green energy that Azerbaijan can export in the future,” he said.
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