In Kattakurgan, about 50 km northwest of Samarkand, a bustling hub and Uzbekistan’s second-largest city, lies an ocean of solar panels, casting waves of dazzling brilliance in the Central Asian sun.

The 220 MWac Samarkand solar photovoltaic plant, built by Chengdu-based Dongfang Electric Corporation (DEC), welcomed the public for the first time on Monday after its installation in April.

At the door-opening event, Uzbekistan’s deputy energy minister Umid Mamadaminov said the site is “one of the first large-scale renewable energy projects in Uzbekistan.” He added that the initiative is important for strengthening ties between Uzbekistan and China, expanding bilateral cooperation and showcasing China’s commitment and experience to green development.

DEC adheres to its mission of “shaping the future with green energy” and works with all stakeholders to share development results and create a better future, said Yuan Minggang of DEC’s senior management.

Sherzod Mukhammadiyev, a 26-year-old engineer who has been working on the project since August 2023, is responsible for technical construction support on site.

“I think our Chinese colleagues are enthusiastic and energetic, and I gained a lot of skills working with them. I appreciate the employment opportunities for young people that the project offers. I am proud to participate in it and contribute to the construction of my hometown,” he said.


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