Hevel switches on 10 MW solar park in Russia

Russian solar module maker and PV project developer Hevel Solar has announced it has connected to the grid a 10 MW solar plant in Russia.

The Bichurskaya SPP solar plant is located in the Bichursky District, in Siberia’s Republic of Buryatia. Construction on the project had started in May of this year. Hevel said that the installation relies by 70% on equipment produced by Russian enterprises of electrical engineering and metal-processing industry. Projects that use a large quota of locally manufactured PV products are entitled to receive higher incentives.

The project is part of an agreement that Hevel signed with the local government for the development of on-grid solar power plants with the aggregate capacity to 150 MW and off-grid hybrid power facilities with the aggregate capacity to 2,5 MW. The company added that the PV plant will help improve the reliability of the local grid and reduce power losses.

Hevel, which is a joint venture between Russian industrial conglomerate Renova Group and nanotechnologies provider JSC Rusnano, has in Russia a PV project pipeline of 500 MW. The company has also recently announced it is raising the production capacity of its module manufacturing facility in in Novocheboksarsk, in the Chuvash Republic, from 160 MW currently to 250 MW by the end of 2018.