By Eurasia Network – September 14, 2021

The Government of the Sakhalin oblast and the Russian company NovaWind (the wind energy division of the State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom) signed an agreement on cooperation in the implementation of wind power projects in the island. The agreement is aimed at studying the possibility of constructing wind energy stations in the Sakhalin oblast and organizing cooperation in preparing for the construction of 200 MW of wind power by 2024.

The document was signed by the Chairman of the Government of the Sakhalin oblast Alexey Belik and the General Director of JSC NovaWind Alexander Korchagin.

For us, this is a new and interesting region with its own specifics in the implementation of wind energy projects. The emergence of wind farms will have a positive impact on the ecology of Sakhalin, and will also create an additional incentive for the development of industries in the region focused on controlling and reducing the carbon footprint. I hope that our cooperation will be successful and will make a significant contribution to achieving carbon neutrality in the region” commented Alexander Korchagin.

The Russian President Vladimir Putin has set the task to reduce carbon emissions. To achieve this, it is necessary, in particular, to increase the share of energy obtained from renewable sources. for example, the wind. Sakhalin has all the possibilities for this. It is also important to improve the reliability of electricity supply to the population and the economy. The Sakhalin Island power system is isolated from the mainland. In the event of any generation failures, one cannot count on external recharge. Therefore, we pay special attention to the diversification of energy sources“, said Alexey Belik, Chairman of the Government of the Sakhalin oblast.

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The development of renewable energy sources in Russia is stimulated by capacity supply agreements, which are contracts offering investors a guarantee of a basic annual return of 12%. Under the current state 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 support scheme until 2035. The scheme would be more market-driven than the current one.

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