Solar panels with combined capacity of 1275kW have been commissioned at the Nizhne-Bureyskaya hydropower project in Amur region, RusHydro has announced.
The PV modules, manufactured by Hevel Group will produce 1.4 million kWh of electricity per year. The solar plant will reduce cost of electricity for the hydropower plants’s own needs, unlocking additional output.
“With the commissioning of the PV modules we have created unique hybrid renewable energy facility,” commented Nikolay Shulginov, RusHydro’s Chairman of the Management Board - General Director. “Together with our colleagues at Hevel in less than a year period, we have installed the PV panels on the territory of a hydropower plant. This was done for the first time in history of Russian utilities industry”.
Igor Shakhrai, General Director of Hevel Group, added: “Hybrid generation with existing grid infrastructure allows to increase energy efficiency, at minimal cost. I’m confident, that such projects have good prospects in future”.
With 240 sunny days in a year, the Amur region is ideal for development of PV generation.
The plant is using heterojunction solar modules manufactured in Russia with unit capacity of 370 W. The new generation PV panels have an efficiency rating of over 23%, or 20% more efficient than traditional polysilicon panels and are equally operational under both, low and high outdoor temperatures.
Nizhne-Bureyskaya in the Amur region is the second plant of the Bureysky hydropower complex and acts as counter-regulator for Bureyskaya hydropower plant. The plant’s installed capacity and long-run average annual generation is 320MW and 1670 million kWh, respectively. The plant was commissioned in September 2019.