By Swann Bigot, legal expert and author, for Eurasia Network – June 14, 2020
Wind turbines in fields, 2017 – Photo credit : Swann Bigot
The Gukovskaya wind farm (Гуковская ВЭС) with an installed capacity of 100 MW was put into commercial operation, reported the Russian daily Kommersant in early June.
This 100 MW wind farm began to supply electricity and capacity to the wholesale market. The Gukovskaya wind farm is made of 26 wind turbines with an individual capacity of 3.8 MW.
This is the third wind farm built by the Wind Energy Development Fund, controlled by the Finish Fortum and the Russian corporation Rusnano.
“The wind farms of Fortum and Rusnano are located in the so-called former mining territories of our region, the successful implementation of large-scale projects in the field of renewable energy will benefit our investment attractiveness”, commented Igor Burakov, General Director of the Investment development Agency of the Rostov oblast.
With the commissioning of the Gukovskaya wind farm, the total wind energy capacity of the Wind Energy Development Fund in the region amounts to 300 MW.
The authorities of the Rostov oblast also signed in February 2018 with Enel Russia an agreement regarding the construction of a 90 MW wind farm. The initial developer of this wind power project was the German holding SOWITEC. Enel Russia won the right to build this wind farm during the federal tender over renewable energy capacities held in June 2017.
Russia has a great potential in wind power capacities. The country has large available lands, regions with good wind exposure, a developed power network, strong industrial assets, a skilled workforce and high energy needs.
The development of renewable energy sources in Russia is now stimulated by the capacity supply agreements, which are contracts offering investors a guarantee of a basic annual return of 12%. Under the current support scheme, about 5.5 GW of renewable energy capacity should be built in Russia by 2024.
The Federal Government decided in September 2019 to extend the state support scheme until 2035. The program would be more market-driven than the current one.
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