The first Russian solar plant on HHP


Russian hydropower company “RusHydro” and Hevel Group of Companies have signed off on an agreement to develop a hydro-PV installation at the Nizhne-Bureyskaya hydropower facility in the Amur Oblast of Russia. The new solar power plant will have 1.275 kW power. The launch is scheduled for 2019. According to the sample calculations, it will produce 1.4 million kWh of electricity a year. The solar plant will reduce power consumption for Nizhne-Bureyskaya HHP consequently increasing net electricity supply and improving HHP running efficiency.

The solar modules will be located in a total area of 6,700 square meters. “It is the first engineering object of this class not only in Amur region, but also in Russia. For the new solar plant we will use most advanced HJT modules consisting from 72 cells with a capacity of 370 Wt each, – said Igor Shakhrai, CEO of Hevel Group of Companies.

Such projects have a number of benefits like possibility of using actual electrical grid and transport infrastructures, HHP labour supply and absence of necessity in new territory.


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Results of 2018: Hevel increased its production over 170 MW


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.


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Russia’s largest solar power plant commissioned in Astrakhan region

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.



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Government science and technology awards 2018

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.


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