Russian region of Kalmykia to host 75 MW of solar

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The government of the Russian Republic of Kalmykia has signed an agreement with Hevel for the construction of grid-connected and off-grid solar plants with a combined capacity of 75 MW.

In a press release, the Russian manufacturer and project developer said all the capacity will be deployed by 2022, and that projects will receive the support of regional authorities. “We will construct both grid-tied solar power plants that will compensate for network losses, and small distributed generation facilities that will ensure efficient power supply to isolated territories,” said Hevel General Director Igor Shahrai.

Kalmykia, in the southwestern part of European Russia, at the border with the Republic of Dagestan, is one of the Russian regions with the highest solar irradiance and also suffers from poor energy infrastructure.

Hevel has been expanding its off-grid and grid-connected PV business in remote areas of Russia in recent months. In September it signed an agreement with the government of the Russian Republic of Tyva, in southern Siberia, for the installation of standalone hybrid solar-diesel power plants. Another plan to build diesel-solar plants with a combined capacity of 40 MW in the Russian Far East was announced in June last year.

And in April, Hevel announced plans for the construction of a solar plant to power a mining site in the Khabarovsk region, in the Russian far east.

The company, a joint venture between Russian industrial conglomerate Renova Group and nanotechnology provider JSC Rusnano, is also installing several hundred MW worth of PV under Russia’s auction scheme for large-scale renewables.