Russian solar module producer and project developer Hevel Solar, a joint venture between Russian industrial conglomerate Renova Group and nanotechnologies provider JSC Rusnano, announced it has started construction of a 10 MW PV power plant in the Republic of Buryatia, Siberia, eastern Russia.
The plant is being built on a 48 hectare surface near the village of Bichur at a cost of RUB 1.09 billion ($19.4 million). Russian developer Avelar Solar Technology, which was acquired by Hevel Solar in August 2014, signed an agreement for this and another 15 MW solar project with the government of the region in March 2014.
The 10 MW project in Bichur is scheduled for completion in December 2017. The plant’s power output will be fed into the grid of local utility Interregional Distribution Grid Company of Siberia» (IDGC of Siberia).
The second 15 MW PV plant is planned for the municipality of Selenginsk, and it is expected to be completed by the end of 2018. This installation will also deliver power to IDGC of Siberia.
Both projects will be developed under the country’s FIT scheme for solar and renewables. Through this policy, the Russian government hopes to install at least 1.5 GW of PV capacity by 2020.
Hevel has currently an operational PV capacity of 75 MW. The company has also a solar project portfolio of approximately 364 MW in Russia, including the two facilities in Buryatia.