Hevel Group is to build a 1 MW solar power plant at one of the remote mines located in Khabarovsk region (Russia’s Far East) for precious metals mining group Polymetal, to reduce reliance on diesel power generation.
”Khabarovsk region boasts high solar irradiance conditions and according to our forecast 1 MW solar power plant will generate 1.2 GWh annually, said Igor Shakhray, CEO of Hevel Group – Many mines are located at remote off-grid areas, and solar electricity is economically viable for mining production.”
Hevel Solar has recently switched PV production from a-Si thin-film modules to silicon heterojunction production. Polymetal expects the PV power plant to reduce diesel consumption by 250 tons per annum.
R&D center of the Russian Hevel Group has undertaken testing procedures to measure performance parameters of heterojunction PV modules at extremely low temperatures. Panels were placed for 48 hours in a climate chamber with -600С which could be equal to operation in the Nordic climate. At the final stage of R&D testing program PV modules were exposed to thermal cycling at high and low temperatures during 50 cycles. Test results proved reliability and stability of solar modules at temperatures below -40 0С, encouraging Hevel Group as PV projects developer to utilize solar modules in its projects located in a cold environment.
By the end of 2018 Hevel Group will have performed an analysis of test results and launches engineering of PV systems for energy supply of different infrastructure in areas with extremely low temperatures.
EPC-contractor and solar module manufacturer Hevel Group completed construction on the 15 MW solar project in the southern Russian region Astrakhan. PV power plant was developed and financed by Green Energy, renewable energy project developer with 480 MW pipeline. The solar power plant will reduce СО2 emissions by 10,000 tonnes and provide output of 20 gigawatt-hours annually. Hevel Group committed to construct in the same region two more large-scale photovoltaic power plants of total capacity 120 MW by the end of the year.
During the Russian investment forum in Sochi Hevel Group and the government of the Saratov region have signed cooperation agreement on construction of not less than 100 MW of solar power stations. The amount of Hevel Group investment in building solar power stations is estimated at 10 billion rubles. The agreement was signed by the governor of the Saratov region Valery Radayev and the CEO of Hevel Group Igor Shakhrai.
According to earlier signed agreement 2 solar power stations with a total power of 20 MW are already constructed in the region, and until the end of 2018 additionally 25 MW will be put into operation. As a result, the total amount of the investment program of the Hevel company in the Saratov region will be about 100 MW.
A construction of new solar power station will provide growth of tax revenues in the regional budget, will create new jobs and will allow to attract regional enterprises to take part in installation and construction works as also in production of supporting structures during the period of power stations construction.