Russia's southwestern region to add 10 PV farms by 2018

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Solar Systems and Avelar Solar Technologies, the main solar players in Russia’s southwest, are set to ramp up their presence with the addition of 10 new PV facilities in the area by 2018.

In June, the companies won a total of 330 MW from a total 496 MW of solar capacity offered in a state-supported RES project tender aimed at expanding solar projects in the country.

Seven of 10 slated solar plants are expected to be built in the southwestern Republic of Bashkortostan (also known as Bashkiria) and three in the Saratov region.

IES Holding, one of the largest private energy and heat supply companies in Russia, is also carrying out a major solar project in the nearby Orenburg region, where a 25 MW PV farm consisting of 20,000 Russian-made solar modules is expected to cover more than 100 hectares.

"Building sustainable solar energy facilities in the sun-lit region of Orenburg is strategically important both to the region and the Russian Federation, as it allows developing modern PV technologies and will serve as a big boost for both in developing relationships with foreign business partners," said Andrey Vagner, IES Holding’s senior deputy director general.

Russia’s second RES project auction held in June has disbursed state subsidies for the period spanning 2015 and 2018 for a total of 496 MW of solar (compared to 785 MW that was sought by all of the applicants), 415 MW of hydropower and 1.65 GW in wind capacity.

Out of 57 applicants, 53 bidders sought solar generation, three participants bid for hydro power and a single bidder sought wind capacity.

China-based Solar Systems won the largest chunk of the solar capacity — 175 MW, while state-owned company Energija Solnce (Energy Sun) was a runner-up with 165 MW and Avelar Solar Technologies, part of Renova Group, obtained 155 MW.