First Russian mining company to be powered by solar

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 will build a 1 MW solar power plant for Russia-based metals mining company, Polymetal.

The solar facility will supply power to the company’s mining site in the Khabarovsk region, in the Far East Region, which is Russia’s extreme eastern territory.

“Our mine is located in remote area, which is why decrease in fuel consumption by the camp and mining infrastructure is of high importance,” said a Polymetal spokesperson. “Once the PV power plant is put into operation annual economy can achieve 250 tons of diesel fuel,” they added.

Last September, Hevel announced an agreement with the government of the Russian Republic of Tyva, in southern Siberia, for the installation of stand-alone hybrid solar-diesel power plants. “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 company said at the time.

Earlier last June, the company also unveiled a plan to build hybrid diesel-solar power plants with a combined capacity of 40 MW in the Russian Far East. Hevel signed an agreement with the Russian Energy Agency under the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation and with the Far East Investment and Export Agency.

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.