The Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) and Hevel Kazakhstan signed a EUR 56.2 million long-term multi-currency loan facility agreement to finance the construction of solar power plants with an installed capacity of up to 90 MW in Kazakhstan.
The plants are expected to generate over 160 million kWh per year and are expected to help to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 85,000 tonnes a year. The generated electricity will be supplied to Kazakhstan’s power system.
The plants are scheduled to be commissioned in 2020. In addition to other equipment, the project expects to use Hevel’s HJT modules. This will foster high-tech production for the renewable energy sector in both Russia and other countries of the Eurasian economic space.
In 2018 Hevel Group was awarded 15-year PPA for the sale of power from 70 MW solar plant in southern Kazakhstan.
The solar cell factory, located in Novocheboksarsk, Russia, produced more than 557 thousand HJT modules with total power output 170.26 MW and over 190 thousand solar cells with total power output 1 MW that made the factory achieve the planned targets entirely.
The factory has been improving the quality characteristics of solar cells and modules. According to the results of 2018, their average efficiency is 22.4%.
Futhermore, the factory has finished the preliminaries to increase the capacity from 170 to 260 MW: pre-commissioning activities for extra Si-layer plasma-chemical deposition facilities, chemical treatment and silicon wafer texturing sites. The contact layer facility is under installation using magnetron sputtering.
The second phase of the project “Neva” – Funtovskaya SPP with capacity of 60 MW is announced to put in service in Privolzhsky district. The 1st January 2019 is its first day commission.
Previously the government of the Russian region of Astrakhan announced that the first large-scale PV plant of SPP “Neva” with capacity of 15 MW was commissioned in Privolzhsky district. After the start of the second phase the total capacity grew to 75 MW, and Astrakhan region got the largest PV plant built in Russia. Total expected annual output is equal to 100 GWh. It will enable to avoid 58,000 ton of carbon dioxide emission and will save 33,000,000 m3 of natural gas.
In 2019 the group of companies Hevel is going to put in commission one more SPP in Astrakhan region – Akhtibunskaya SPP with capacity of 60 MW. This way the installed solar capacity in the region comes up to 135 MW. The certificate of engineering construction was given to Hevel’s structures after the group of companies purchased SPP project portfolio in the summer 2017.
Subject to the order # 2827-p dd. 18th December 2018 written by the Government of the Russian Federation, there was the Government science and technology awards 2018 related to development, industrialization and commercialization of technologies of production of high-efficiency silicon solar cells and technology of building of power plant in Russian regions.
According to scientific and production group of companies including academic institute, R&D Centre, factory and other solar plant construction units the results of the researches and development were shared and the export of Russian scientific products was started.
Begun in 80s of the last century in the Ioffe Institute reserches of amorphic silicon were completed with creating Russian industrial technologies of high-efficient silicon PV modules, their manufacturing application, design and construction of solar plants and creating new subindustry of power production – solar power of the Russian Federation.