The country has been moving for some time toward renewable energy sources, with several projects along these lines.
For example, workers installed a demonstration solar-heating system in a children's home in Kyzylorda in 2002.
Kazakhstan's first-ever solar power station began operation in Sarybulak village, Almaty Oblast, in June. With a production capacity of 52kW, it supplies enough power to light houses and pump water from a well, Kaprishev said. The project was implemented with UN Development Programme support as part of the Green Village international initiative.