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Rosseti and Hevel to collaborate on the joint development of solar power in Zabaykalsky Krai

19.10.2016

At the International Electric Power Forum RUGRIDS-ELECTRO 2016, structures of Rosseti PJSC and Hevel (a joint venture of Renova Group and RUSNANO JSC) have concluded the first energy-service agreement for the construction and operation of an automated hybrid power plant (AHPP) in the Village of Menza, Zabaykalsky Krai.

The AHPP is equipped with 120-kW solar modules, 2 200-kW diesel generators, and a high-performance 300 kWh storage battery. The AHPP’s power output will make it possible to supply the entire population of Menza with electric power – as well as the neighboring Town of Ukyr.

“This is the first energy-service contract in Russia in which the return on construction investment is tied directly to resource conservation. Within the framework of public-private partnership, Rosseti is implementing a comprehensive program for modernizing the grid complex of Zabaykalsky Krai. Cooperation with Hevel will make it possible to increase the reliability and affordability of power supply without passing the costs onto consumers,” announced Rosseti PJSC General Director Oleg Budargin. “Modernization will be implemented by increasing energy efficiency and significantly reducing operating costs.”

According to estimates by experts at the two companies, the consumption of diesel fuel could be cut by roughly 60% in the first year alone.

“Our joint venture is a prime example of effective RES solutions for isolated territories. Construction of the AHPP will provide for the uninterrupted and reliable energy supply of local residents through the use of solar power,” noted Hevel Group General Director Igor Shakhrai. “We already have experience implementing such solutions – a similar AHPP has been generating electric power in Altai Republic for more than 3 years now, and as real-world practice shows, these kinds of solutions are particularly effective in remote locales where centralized energy supply is lacking and the cost of fuel deliveries makes traditional forms of generation too expensive for consumers.”

The energy-service agreement was concluded for a term of 7.5 years, with monthly payments under the contract tied to the amount of diesel-fuel savings achieved through the generation of power using solar modules.

Commissioning of the hybrid power plant, combining both solar and diesel generation, is slated for December 2016.


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