Hevel breaks ground on 15 MW solar plant in Siberia

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Russian solar developer and PV panel maker, Hevel Solar has started construction on the 15 MW Khorinskaya solar power plant in Selenginsk, in the Khorinsky district of the Republic of Buryatia, in the Russian south-central region of Siberia.

The company said the RUB 1.5 billion (US$23.7 million) project will be completed by November 2019, and will start supplying energy to the Interregional Distribution Grid Company of Siberia (IDGC of Siberia) a month later.

The project, which is expected to generate approximately 20 GWh of power annually, was selected by the Russian government through its auction mechanism for large-scale solar and renewable energy projects. Through this policy, the Russian Government hopes to install at least 1.5 GW of PV capacity by 2020.

Hevel switched on its first solar park in the Republic of Buryatia in November 2017. The 10 MW Bichurskaya SPP solar plant, located in the Bichursky District, along with the Khorinskaya solar power plant, is part of an agreement Hevel signed with the local government for the development of on-grid solar power plants with an aggregate capacity of 80 MW and off-grid hybrid power facilities with the combined power of 2.5 MW by 2022.

Hevel has a PV project pipeline of around 540 MW in Russia. Around 40 MW of this pipeline was awarded to the company by Russian Trading System Administrator, JSC ATS in the latest auction held in mid-June.

The company has also recently announced it will increase production capacity at its module manufacturing facility in Novocheboksarsk, in the Chuvash Republic, from 160 MW to 250 MW by the end of 2018.