By Eurasia Network – April 19, 2021

The development of the solar energy industry in Buryatia will increase the reliability of the local power supply. Picture : View on a solar station in mountains, photo credit : Pexels.

The Toreyskaya solar power plant with a capacity of 45 MW has been inaugurated in late March in the Dzhida district of the Republic of Buryatia, in the south of Lake Baikal. This is the largest solar station in the region. The construction started in May 2020. Total investment amounted to 3.1 billion rubles (34.1 million euros).

The investor and general contractor of the project is Hevel Group, the Russian leader of solar energy. The connection of the new solar generation facility to the grid infrastructure was provided by the teams of Rosseti Siberia.

The head of the Republic of Buryatia Alexey Tsydenov and the CEO of Hevel Group Igor Shakhrai took part in the opening ceremony through online video-conference.

The Toreyskaya solar power plant is the third solar generation facility built by Hevel Group of Companies in the region. The expected average annual amount of tax revenues to local and regional budgets in the period from 2021 to 2035 would be over 100 million rubles (1.1 million euros) annually. The construction started in May 2020.

Close to this new plant are the Bichurskaya solar station, opened in 2017 with a capacity of 10 MW and the Khorinsk solar station, opened in 2019 with a capacity of 15 MW.

The projected volume of electricity generation will be 60 million kWh per year, which will save 90 thousand tons of coal or 18 million cubic meters of natural gas, ensuring an annual reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 30.5 thousand tons.

The development of the solar energy industry in Buryatia will increase the reliability of the local power supply. The generated electricity will be sufficient to provide power to over 5,000 households. During the implementation of this 45 MW solar power project, 20 jobs were created and local contractors were involved in the construction.

Simultaneously with the implementation of the project, the investor funded the creation of reserve energy infrastructure, which in the future should provide a stable and reliable power supply to the civil infrastructure of the Zakamensk region of the republic. The small city of Zakamensk is close to the border with Mongolia and located 404 km from Ulan-Ude, in the central part of the Dzhida ridge. Around Zakamensk are dozens of rural settlements. The region hosts around 25 thousands inhabitants.

Hevel Group was registered in 2009 and offers solar systems for households and businesses, a wide range of solutions for solar power plants, design, integration and supply of solar modules and auxiliary equipment and is engaged in the construction, installation and commissioning of solar power units. As of April 2021 the company’s portfolio amounts to 915 MW of installed solar power capacities while the Hevel Group’s annual volume of operations is more than 340 MW, using heterostructure solar modules with cell efficiency up to 23.5%.

The first solar module by Hevel Group was released in July 2017, when the company achieved the first stage of modernization of the technological line and began to manufacture products using a fundamentally new technology – heterostructure.

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