The Russian solar module producer and project developer Hevel Solar, a joint venture between Russian industrial conglomerate Renova Group and nanotechnologies provider JSC Rusnano, has announced that it has connected to the grid four PV plants with a combined capacity of 35 MW in Russia.
Two of the projects were developed in the Orenburg Region, while other two plants were built in the Republic of Bashkortostan. Both regions are located in southwestern Russia.
Including these new plants, the company’s operational capacity, represented by 11 installations, has now reached 75 MW. Hevel Solar has also a solar project portfolio of approximately 364 MW in Russia.
Recently, Hevel has also begun construction on a 15 MW solar PV plant in Saratov Region, southern Russia.
Hevel Solar stressed that all the projects were developed under Russia’s renewable energy policy issued in 2013. Through this policy, the Russian government hopes to install at least 1.5 GW of PV capacity by 2020.
Russia has installed just 60 MW of solar PV capacity to date, however, the country has tendered 1.56 GW of PV capacity which needs to be developed by 2020.
PV parks that use local producers receive feed-in tariffs almost three times higher than projects with components that are fully manufactured abroad.
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