February 4 (Renewables Now) - Russian solar company Hevel LLC has secured a contract to design and build a 1,275-kW solar power facility at the Nizhne-Bureiskaya hydropower plant (HPP) in the Amur region of southeastern Russia.
The 370-W solar photovoltaic (PV) modules for the project will be produced by Hevel. The annual output of the solar system is estimated at 1.4 million kWh. Commissioning is to take place at the end of the year.
Russian power producer RusHydro (MCX:HYDR) owns the 320-MW HPP on the Bureya River. By turning to solar power it aims to reduce the facility's electricity costs for own needs and increase its efficiency.
The area in which the HPP is located enjoys an average of 240 sunny days per year and there is enough space for solar panels on the dam slope, Hevel said.