Hevel Energo Servis, Hevel Group’s energy service business unit has completed the first standalone solar PV installation in the Arctic zone of Russia.
The off-grid solar plus diesel project is located in Chukotka, the eastern-most federal territory in Russia (about half of which is found inside the Arctic Circle). The total capacity of the two installations built and operated under an energy service scheme is 2.6MW. The power facility is comprised of a 550kW solar PV array and a 470kWh battery energy storage system.
The automatically operated energy generation facility will guarantee a stable and reliable energy supply for 700 households in two remote villages.
The off-grid power station should help the local municipality reduce diesel consumption by 30%. The fuel savings are expected to reach 2,130 tons during a 10-year energy service contract. The construction took a year, plus two months more required for the commissioning phase.
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Hevel invested approximately $2.7 million in both stations under the energy service contract, according to a company press release. The plan is the selected model should keep electricity prices down and reduce municipal expenditures which were earlier allocated for procurement of diesel fuel.
Renewable energy sources in Russia are growing steadily
Hevel has thus far installed 2.8MW of off-grid solar PV installations in the Siberian regions of Altay, Tyva and Zabaikalsky region. The company operates an off-grid fleet of 40 solar plants in rural areas of Siberia and the Far East, reaching a total capacity of 83.3MW which includes 13.5MW of solar power.
According to a Russia Renewable Energy Development Association report, a renewable energy sources support programme implemented in 2013 has helped to create more than 1,826MW in renewable energy projects by the third quarter of 2020.
Green generation in Russia doubled in 2019 compared to 2018 figures and 1GW of new RE facilities were planned for 2020. Despite the stellar growth, the share of RE sources in Russia’s energy mix is hovering around the 1% mark, despite a target of 4.5% by 2024, set by the government of the Russian Federation.