Yelshanskaya 25 MW PV power plant has been put into operation in the Orenburg region. The new plant has started supplying power to the grid since July 1, 2019.
Yelshanskaya solar power plant was constructed based on hetorojunctional PV modules, produced on Hevel factory in Novocheboksarsk. The cell efficiency of these modules achieves 23%. Other components for the power plant, including invertor equipment and support structures, are also made in Russia.
Estimated annual power output of Yelshanskaya SPP is 30,5 MIO kW*h,, что which will enable to avoid 16 thousand tons of carbon dioxide emissions and save 4 MIO m3 of natural gas every year.
Earlier, Hevel Group constructed and put into operation in Orenburg region 5 MW Perevolotskaya SPP, 25 MW Sol-Iletskaya SPP, 30 MW Chkalovskaya SPP, 10 MW Grigoryevskaya SPP, as well as Pleshanovskaya and Grachevskaya SPP each of 10 MW capacity, which were sold to Fortum Group in 2017. Thus, total installed power of solar power plants in the region, managed by Hevel, has reached 95 МW.
Hevel Group announced completion of ramp up works at its factory that resulted in expansion of heterojunction solar module production from 160 to 260 MW. The company also launched manufacturing bifacial 5-busbar PV cells and modules with 380 W front sheet capacity, wherein a back sheet of a cell secures additional 10 per cent output. Furthermore Hevel decided to keep operating smartwire line aiming to meet ongoing customers’ requests.
In 2017 Hevel Group converted its thin-film fab line to heterojunction technology and after successful transfer to serial production performed by its own R&D center the company regularly implements modernization programs designed to improve efficiency of solar cells and modules.
Hevel’s current pipeline exceeds 1 GW including 379 MW already commissioned and 178 MW to be constructed in Kazakhstan.
The deliverymen from Delivery Club Company will get backpacks with solar panels for charging mobile phones. This experiment will take place in Moscow, Krasnodar and Kazan. The solar modules for backpacks were developed and produced by R&D center Hevel. Their power is 12,2 W, a capacity is 6000 mAh. This will be enough to charge phones fully for three times.
The Delivery Club’s representatives noticed that to charge the phones 100% in moderate climate of Russia the deliverymen need to spend 2-3 hours in the out-of-doors.
Ivan Zadokhin, the Logistics Director in Delivery Club, explained that deliverymen always must be in touch but their phones are discharging fast because they should have their GPS determination always on. “The deliverymen usually have several accumulators but it could be failed in any time so the deliverymen have to charge their phones at the cafes. That’s why our company decided to try an unusual solution of this problem – solar modules”, said Zadokhin. He also added that after the solar-powered backpacks summer testing the Delivery Club will study the staff’s reviews and make a decision about the realization of this idea.
Hevel Group started construction works on its 100 MW solar project named “Nura” in North Kazakhstan. Upon completion and commissioning in 2020 PV plant will be one of the largest in CIS.
Start of construction took place at the same time as Hevel’s subsidiary, operating in Kazakhstan, announced to sign several deals to acquire stakes in local companies that resulted in increase of Hevel’s portfolio up to 178 MW.
Assets acquisition and construction works are financed with own funds as well as with debt financing secured by Eurasian Development Bank.
“For construction of solar projects we would use our own heterojunction 375 W bifacial solar modules as well equipment of other suppliers. We are seeking to further expansion of our portfolio in Kazakhstan, said Hevel Group’s CEO Igor Shakhray.
Construction of PV plants is scheduled to complete by 2020, connected solar parks will feed United power system of Kazakhstan.
This year Hevel is going to start construction works at 50 MW and 20 MW solar projects in south regions of Kazakhstan. The company was awarded both PV plants at the bidding round in 2018.