During the third Russian Energy Week, Director of Hevel Energoservice LLC Evgeny Kazakov, member of the board, deputy general director of RusHydro PJSC Viktor Khmarin and deputy general director of the Far East Development Fund (FRDV) Dmitry Chernyshev signed a cooperation agreement aimed at implementing projects on the development of renewable energy sources and the creation of autonomous hybrid power plants in the Far Eastern Federal District with decentralized electricity supply.
The purpose of cooperation is steady socio-economic development and increasing the industrial potential of the Far Eastern Federal District through the implementation of projects to replace inefficient diesel generation with autonomous hybrid power plants using renewable energy sources. As a result, the region’s dependency on expensive imported fuel and the environmental impact of diesel generation will be reduced. In terms of cooperation, the parties plan to build solar station with automated control systems, create energy storage systems. The pilot region of the project will be Yakutia.
Replacing energy generated by diesel power plants with energy from plants based on renewable energy sources is a forced and necessary measure. Diesel generators, many of which are physically and morally obsolete, require regular delivery of fuel, which in the Far North significantly affects the cost of electricity generated. The use of renewable energy allows reducing fuel consumption by 50%. The saved funds should be used to return the investments required for the acquisition, delivery and installation of the latest technology.
“The use of solar energy for power supply to settlements that are not connected to the integrated power grid solves both economic and social problems. Already implemented projects of autonomous hybrid solar-diesel power plants in the Altai Republic, Trans-Baikal Territory and the Republic of Tuva allow achieving 50% of diesel fuel savings, and, ultimately, reduce the amount of budget subsidies and free up funds for other tasks. High-quality and uninterrupted power supply improves the social well-being of the population, reduces the shortage of electricity and gives momentum to the development of remote areas, ”said Yevgeny Kazakov, director of Hevel Energoservice.
“Modernization of diesel generation is one of the key tasks in the development of energy supply for districts isolated from centralized energy supply,” said Viktor Khmarin, member of the board, deputy general director of RusHydro. – The development of hybrid generation, of course, has great prospects here, including with the use of mechanisms of energy service contracts. It should provide the lowest possible price for electricity and foresee the use of the most modern economically feasible technical solutions.
Such an approach is consistent with the goals of the Presidential Decree “On National Goals and Strategic Tasks of the Development of the Russian Federation for the Period until 2024”, which states the guaranteed provision of affordable electricity through the development of distributed generation, including based on renewable energy sources, primarily in remote and isolated energy areas.
“In the Far East there are many remote and inaccessible territories for which the proposed integrated solutions are an effective way to ensure reliable, uninterrupted power supply. New technologies will not only improve the quality of life of people, but also optimize the costs of consumers and regional budgets,” said Dmitry Chernyshev, Deputy General Director of the FRDV.
In accordance with the agreement, the Fund, within its powers, intends to consider the provision of financing and to assist in the implementation of a comprehensive examination of projects. RusHydro, in turn, expresses its readiness to provide the necessary technical and economic information on the planned for the modernization of the diesel power plants of the Group, as well as to facilitate the energy survey of the facilities. Hevel Energoservice plans to consider the possibility of implementing joint projects using the latest achievements of scientific and technological progress, energy-saving and environmentally-friendly technologies at the expense of its own and attracted funds.
Hevel Energy Service and RusHydro, within the framework of the agreement, plan to audit diesel generating facilities by the end of 2019, analyze the solar potential in the settlements of the Republic of Sakha and identify possible settlements for the priority implementation of projects.
RusHydro is the largest producer of electricity and heat in the Far East. In addition to large generating facilities, the Group also operates 269 diesel power plants (DES) with a total power of more than 240 MW located throughout the Far Eastern Federal District in decentralized energy supply zones.