Solar Systems LLC switches on 15 MW PV facility in south-western Russia

Russian solar project developer Solar Systems LLC announced it has connected to the grid a 15 MW solar power plant in in Volodarsky, Astrakhan region, south-western Russia.

The company, which had broken ground on the 15 MW project in Astrakhan in early March, said the facility is now connected to the local grid. The Zavodskaya solar project was selected by the Russian government in one of the first bidding rounds of Russia’s renewable energy program.

In April, Solar Systems announced that it was granted an 850 million RUB ($14.93 million) loan by commercial bank Gazbank for the project. The seven-year loan was used to finance purchase of equipment, construction and installation works and other services related to the building of the plant.

The company installed 56,626 modules, each with a power rating of 260 W at the facility. The modules are manufactured at the company’s 100 MW monocrystalline silicon solar panel factory in the special economic zone of industrial and production type “Alabuga”, located in Yelabuga municipal district of the Republic of Tatarstan.

In Russia, PV projects that rely on locally manufactured products receive considerably higher FITs than projects using imported PV components.

Solar Systems is a unit of China-based solar plant operator Amus Sirius, which is itself a subsidiary of Harbin Electric Company Limited, a Chinese provider of a comprehensive range of electric power generation equipment. The company has a PV project portfolio with a capacity of 335 MW in Russia. All of its projects were selected in the latest bidding rounds of the country’s renewable energy program.