Hevel to build 40 MW of hybrid solar-diesel power plants in Russian Far East

Russian solar module producer and project developer Hevel Solar, a joint venture between Russian industrial conglomerate Renova Group and nanotechnologies provider JSC Rusnano, is planning to build hybrid solar-diesel power stations with a combined capacity of 40 MW in eastern Russia.

The company said the plants will be built in the Russian Far East, the country’s easternmost region with limited access to electricity and transmission networks. Hevel signed an agreement for the projects with the Russian Energy Agency under the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation and with the Far East Investment and Export Agency in the frame of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

“Building off-grid generation using renewable energy sources is,first and foremost, a contribution to regional development”, said Hevel CEO Igor Shakhray. “Diesel-solar plants cut consumption of diesel fuel by up to 50% in remote district where it is not economically viable to build a transmission grid.”

The general director of the Agency for Investment and Export Support, Leonid Petukhov, stressed that the development of this kind of power stations in remote areas is not only economically viable, but that is also ensures an improved power supply.

The Far East Federal District is the largest and the least populated district of Russia. The region has the poorest energy and transport infrastructure of the country. In order to improve its infrastructure, the Russian government is seeking to attract investors primarily from the countries of the Asia-Pacific region.