First Solar Diesel Electric Power Plant in the Trans-Baikal Territory Is Launched

26 January 2017

On January 26, 2017, PJSC “Rosseti” in cooperation with Hevel Group of companies launched the first autonomous hybrid electric plant (AHEP) in the village of Menza, Trans-Baikal Territory, Russia, to provide uninterruptible power supply to three hard-to-reach villages.

AHEP consists of solar modules of 120kW in total, two diesel generators of 200kW each, and a power storage device of 300kWh capacity.

Use of solar modules and a modern intelligent control system of the electric plant will allow decreasing the consumption of diesel fuel from 250,000 to 86,000 litres per year. AHEP will decrease the atmospheric emissions of carbon dioxide by 500 tons within a year.

The implementation of the project within the frameworks of public-private partnership has allowed to avoid the growth of the tariff burden on end consumers of the electric power, and guarantees the reduction of expenses from the regional budget due to the reduction of subsidies to compensate for the costs of the diesel fuel delivery. The project provider from the part of PJSC “Rosseti” was its subsidiary PJSC “IDGC of Siberia”.

Natalya Zhdanova, Head of the region, emphasized that the launch of the first solar diesel electric power plant in the Trans-Baikal Territory is an example of successful private-public partnership.

“Without any exaggeration, we are participants and witnesses of a significant event both for our region and our country in general. It is the first solar energy power plant in the Trans-Baikal Territory. At the same time, it is a good example of successful private-public partnership, an example of the fact that the authorities and businesses can jointly solve specific real-world problems.

We have a lot of sun in the Trans-Baikal Territory. In addition, we have a lot of remote and hard-to-reach areas. Today, 23 residential localities of our region need stable and quality energy supply. Our task is to fully solve the problem of energy supply to these localities in the next three years. It is already planned to build two additional solar electric power plants in the region in 2017 in order to improve the quality of life of residents of the remote areas and provide their economic development.”

As Roman Berdnikov, First Deputy General Director, PJSC “Rosseti”, said: “Rosseti is fulfilling a complex programme to modernize the network service complex in the Trans-Baikal Territory. I’m sure that our experience of collaboration with the Trans-Baikal Territory will become a positive example for other Russian regions that are now looking for the solutions of the top-priority government task - to improve the reliability and quality of the power supply in the remote and isolated territories.”

Igor Shakhray, General Director of Hevel Group of companies, noted: “I’m glad that we managed to jointly find such formula for the project fulfilment that helps improve the quality of life of residents in the remote and isolated areas and make this project cost-effective with no increase of expenses from the budget. The first return on investment will be completed within the frameworks of the energy-service contract and will be tied to reduction of expenditures for diesel fuel; therefore, we are, as investors, directly interested in the electric power plant efficiency increase.”

The autonomous hybrid electric power plant in the village of Menza is also a pilot project being a part of implementation of the National energy-sector project Development of Local and Integrated in the UES Sources of Energy Supply based on Photoelectric Heterostructure New Generation Modules.

The programme of construction of over 100 autonomous hybrid electric power plants (AHEP) until 2021 was developed within the National project.

The ceremonial launch of the first power plant was attended by: Aleksey Teksler, First Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation; Natalya Zhdanova, Governor of the Trans-Baikal Territory; Igor Shakhray, General Director, Hevel Group of companies; Viktor Pazdnikov, Minister of Territorial Development of the Trans-Baikal Territory; and Vitaly Ivanov, Acting General Director, PJSC “IDGC of Siberia”.


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The Hevel Group (founded in 2009) is the largest Russian integrated company in the solar energy sector. The company includes a production facility (a photovoltaic module production plant in the city of Novocheboksarsk, Chuvash Republic), a development unit (for the design and construction of solar power plants) and a Science and Technology Centre for Thin-Film Energetics Technologies (in St. Petersburg), which is the largest specialist scientific organization in Russia focusing on research and development in the field of photovoltaics. Since 2017 Hevel has been producing solar modules in its factory, using its own heterostructure technology. The factory’s current production capacity is 160 MW, and it is planned that the company’s output of solar modules will increase to 260 MW a year in 2019.

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