The Mongolian Ministry of Energy has launched a tender to seek engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors for the construction of a 10 MW solar park.

the Mohrohnot SSolar PV project is planned for the homonymous municipality, in the Khövsgöl Aimag region in northern Mongolia, and is part of the Renewable Energy Sector Scaling Project, which is co-managed by the Government of Mongolia and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The goal is to deploy 40.5 MW of solar and wind capacity in the western regions of the country and Altai-Uliastay.

The $66.2 million initiative also includes an additional 10 MW of solar power plants in Altai City, a 500 kW solar-wind hybrid project with storage in Altai County, a 10 MW in Umunogovi and a 5 MW wind farm in Telmen. Interested EPC companies have until October 20, 2021 to submit their proposals.

Overall, Mongolia had an installed photovoltaic capacity of around 100 MW at the end of August, Myagmardorj Enhkmend, the Secretary General of the Mongolian Association of Renewable Industries, said pvmagazine. However, most of this capacity – around 90 MW – was installed between 2016 and 2018, following auctions held in previous years.. “The government still does not announce auctions for new renewable energy projects and it becomes a big challenge to increase renewable energy capacity in the country,” he said.

According to the AfDB, the country’s total theoretical power generation capacity is 1,158 MW. However, of this power park, only 969 MW appears to be online due to aging conventional coal-fired power plants. The country imports a large part of its electricity from neighboring countries.

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