EUROSOLAR Russia

INTERVIEW: Russia must address localisation rules to meet $17 billion renewables investment target

editor, 11 December 2013

Russia’s Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak last week reiterated the state’s pledge to invest $17 billion in renewable energy, but the government must address the wind power deficit in its recent auction to meet that target, Eurosolar Russia’s Board Chairman George Kekelidze told Clean Energy Pipeline.

“This depends a lot on the wind side – without that, $17 billion is not achievable,” he said.

Russia’s first renewable energy auction this autumn elicited no wind energy bids at all for projects that could produce power by 2014 or 2015, and wind bids submitted for the 2016 and 2017 quotas totalled just 105 MW, compared to 999 MW of successful bids for solar energy projects.

The underlying problem is the discrepancy between Russia’s localisation rules and the country’s non-existent domestic wind manufacturing industry.

“The leader goes into a new market and builds up a factory; then around that, a cluster is formed of the companies that make the raw materials and parts for it,” said Kekelidze. “That very thing happened here and may need more time to fill up to fulfil the obligation for localisation. In other words, it’s very difficult to fulfil the localisation rules in the beginning stage.”

One way to address Russia’s wind energy deficit would be to relax the localisation rules, and another would be to reduce them. Green organisations and the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) Russian Renewable Energy Program, which aims to mobilise private sector involvement in the country’s energy sector, are considering ways to alter the country’s existing legislation.

“We believe there will be some changes in the near future which will make it more attractive for the participants, especially on the wind side,” said Kekelidze. “It’s mainly has to do with easing up of the localisation rules or giving more time for localisation.”

Stringent localisation demands on solar projects may also impact the amount of money that Russia will eventually spend on the renewables industry.

“It’s not enough that you build the park [and produce power], you also have to provide 50% localisation in terms of crystalline silicon [for 2014],” said Kekelidze. “If you look at the silicon manufacturing, it starts with the crystalline silicon, which has to be 20%; then it goes to tracking of the wafers, which is a 15% share; then it goes to the cell manufacturing, which is 25%; then to the assembly of the battery, which is 55%; then engineering, which is about 23%; inverters is 12%.”

The Russian government originally ratified its commitment to invest $17 billion in the renewables sector in a decree issued on May 28 to help the country fulfil its target to install 4% renewables by 2020.

“It’s expected that in the second round of tenders, which will happen in mid-2014, the interest will be much higher and the three-quarters will be taken, at least, [by] solar,” said Kekelidze.

Kekelidze did not question the government’s commitment to its investment target, but rather the ability of companies to realistically achieve it.

“Government is committed to make that investment and this is the great news,” he said. “The ministry has to fulfil the budget, which is the state law, and it is already included into the budget, so there will be no changes in this rule. Now whether all of the $17 billion will be reached, or only part of it, depends on the companies.”

On the up side, Russia’s renewable energy industry is already showing signs of becoming competitive, with Chinese manufacturers already entering the country and a second renewable energy tender due in mid-2014, according to Kekelidze.

“Definitely there is progress around the projects already starting up; investors are making the contracts with the EPC contractors [and] the silicon manufacturers, so the whole machine has already started to roll,” he said.

“Also, it will be very interesting in the beginning of 2014 when [the EPC contractors will be announced]. Some of the contracts have already been concluded. Some of the approved projects are still in the process of negotiation, but the time is running very short.”

Projects that won the autumn tender are required to start generating power by December 1, 2014. They must also satisfy localisation obligations, and must not exceed government’s quotas for individual technologies.

For more information, George Kekelidze, Chairman of the board at trade association Eurosolar Russia, can be reached at info@go2ru.com.

The reporter, Jessica Mills-Davies, can be reached at jessica.millsdavies@vbresearch.com.

The press conference dedicated to the start of the contest "Energy of Knowledge"

editor, 16 November 2013

The press conference dedicated to the start of the contest "Energy of Knowledge" was held on November 12 in the Moscow Institute of Technology on Leninsky Prospekt. Members of the media , as well as the Moscow students and members of the public were invited to the event.

Experts in renewable energy attended the press conference. Among them - the chairman of the Commission for Environmental Policy and Sustainable Development of the Public Chamber of the City of Moscow , the deputy director of the Institute of Atmospheric Physics of RAS Alexander Ginzburg , Deputy General Director of JSC "Telecom - STV" Boris Adelman , Director of Sales at Roth & Rau AG Matthias Seidel. Chairman Chairman of the non-commercial partnership for the development of renewable energy " EUROSOLAR Russian section " George Kekelidze chaired the event.

The participants spoke about the aims and objectives of the innovative project , and answered all questions from the media that refer to the competition , and the development of the industry as a whole.

The participants spoke about the aims and objectives of the innovative project , and answered all questions from the media that refer to the competition , and the development of the industry as a whole.

- This project has great potential - not only in Moscow but also in Russia . - Matthias Saddles told reporters.

Recall that the winners of the contest will go to practice in Germany for companies operating in the use of renewable energy. In addition, the most talented students will have the opportunity to put their ideas into practice: the Public Chamber of Moscow will present their Interagency Working Group "Renewable energy in the urban environment".

Website of the contest - http://energyznanie.ru

Source: Non-profit Partnership "EUROSOLAR Russian Section"

INTERVIEW: Russia allocates 504 MW of cleantech capacity to kick-start domestic manufacturing

editor, 05 October 2013

George Kekelidze, board Chairman at trade association Eurosolar Russia, gave an interview to Clean Energy Pipeline, the online daily news and data service.

The race is on for Russia to establish a domestic renewable energy manufacturing industry from scratch over the next four years after 504 MW of projects were secured under its first clean energy auction last week.

Developers that install clean energy projects of over 5 MW will be entitled to a subsidy under a decree issued by the government in May.

“It’s a bit different from the feed-in tariff in Germany,” George Kekelidze told Clean Energy Pipeline. “The biggest chunk an investor receives is for installed power [rather than electricity generated].”

Clean energy projects can also benefit from additional subsidies on offer from regional governments in Russia, with six economic regions either providing or due to provide sector-specific tax breaks for equipment and certain related investments, Kekelidze added.

Solar outstrips wind in bidding.

Russia’s inaugural clean energy tender attracted 999 MW of solar bids and 105 MW of wind bids by the September 10 deadline, Eurosolar told Clean Energy Pipeline. A total of 399.2 MW solar projects and 105 MW of wind won subsidy agreements, and almost all of the bidders were local players.

Solar was the most successful technology in the auction, which set quotas for solar, wind and hydro procurement. This was the case despite the comparatively high average capex of RUB 112,000 per kilowatt ($3,480/kW) for solar projects bid in the auction, though the average capex of winning solar projects reduced each year, falling to RUB 109,000 per kW ($3,387/kW) by 2017.

Selected wind projects weighed in at nearly half the capex of the winning solar bids, averaging at RUB 65,000/kW ($2,019/kW).

Wind farm bids fell far short of the country’s quota due to the short window for entries, the comparative complexity of wind projects, and Russia’s new localisation rules, according to Kekelidze. Russia had hoped to procure 100 MW of wind for 2014 and 250 MW for 2015, but received no bids for wind projects that would be completed in time. The country consequently accepted all of the bids lodged for wind farms in 2016 and 2017, with 15 MW planned for 2016 and 90 MW for 2017.

Given the relative low capex of bidding projects, Russia may be tempted to procure more wind capacity through a separate tender.

“It depends on overall economic situation of the country, and how much the budget will be,” said Kekelidz. “The Budget has to be approved by the end of October.”

Russia also set a 294 MW quota for hydro power, but received no bids at all. Part of the problem is Russia’s localisation rules, which will get stricter over the next few years, forcing companies to source more specific local components and equipment. With no established manufacturing industry as yet, developers will struggle to meet the requirements.

“As you get to 2015 and 2016, you have to make sure [PV] cells are manufactured locally,” Kekelidz said. “In solar, there is only one factory [planned] in Russia, a thin-film factory they are going to start sometime soon.

“There is not a single cell manufacturing station in the country at the moment. Most likely, they will start up here in 2015 and 2016. We don’t have good inverter manufacturers, but to fulfil localisation rules in future, these companies will be coming here and starting production. The same will happen for wind.”

Kekelidze said he is confident that the projects secured under the tender will be realised with the help of European companies coming into the market.

“It’s possible for western companies, especially for European companies that were [affected by the] downturn, to find a market in Russia now,” said Kekelidze. “Russia will need the technology transfer from solar and wind.”

Russia hopes enforcing localisation rules will help it avoid the problems in Europe associated with cheap Chinese PV equipment harming local manufacturers.

“Cheap Chinese products will not be able to enter the market and dump low prices here because the investors will be buying the products from localised companies,” said Kekelidze.

Russia will unveil new subsidy details in coming months

Uncertainty still remains over which projects will be built in 2014 and exactly how they will be supported, according to Kekelidze.

Russia’s Ministry of Energy is engaged in meetings to clarify subsidy and procurement details and will announce the new clarifications in the next two or three months.

It is still unclear, for example, whether the 35 MW of solar projects selected for 2014 will be ready to produce energy by the end of next year. Kekelidze said: “Within a day or two, it will be known which projects get accepted.”

Russia plans to hold another tender for clean energy in April 2015, although whether the government will try to procure more clean energy capacity before then is unclear.

The world’s biggest oil and gas exporter hopes to boost its renewable energy capacity from 0.8% to 2.5% by 2020, which, though a modest target, will “pave the way to growth”, said Kekelidz. He predicted it “will be clear by the end of the year” whether the country is on track to meet its renewable energy targets.

For more information, George Kekelidze, Chairman of the board at trade association Eurosolar Russia, can be reached at info@go2ru.com.

The results of the first tender selection of projects for renewable energy

editor, 04 October 2013



NP "Market Council" summed up the first tender procedure for the selection of projects for renewable energy in the next 4 years, which started at the end of August 2013. In May, the Government of the Russian Federation issued the relevant documents in support of the renewable energy industry.

The list of renewable energy projects
Name of the participant Name of the project Planned location of the facility Type of the generating facility Year started delivering power Planned capacity,mW Capital cost of 1 kW of installed capacity, rubles / kW
1 Open Joint Stock Company "Krasnoyarsk HPS" Building a solar power plant in the city of Abakan The Republic of Khakassia Object of solar generation 2014 5,198 114 200,00
2 LLC "International Settlement Center Energoholding" The investment project for the construction of solar power plant «Rezinovaya» Astrakhan region Object of solar generation 2014 15,000 115 286,00
3 LLC "KompleksIndustriya" The investment project for the construction of solar power plant "Volodarovka" Astrakhan region Object of solar generation 2014 15,000 115 391,00
4 LLC "Avelar Solar Technology" Baimaksky solar power station The Republic of Bashkortastan Object of solar generation 2015 10,000 112 970,00
5 LLC "Avelar Solar Technology" Kosh-Agachsky solar power station The Altai Republic Object of solar generation 2015 5,000 112 971,00
6 LLC "Avelar Solar Technology" Kosh-Agachsky solar power station-2 The Altai Republic Object of solar generation 2015 5,000 112 973,00
7 LLC "Avelar Solar Technology" Perevolotskaya solar power station Orenburg region Object of solar generation 2015 5,000 112 974,00
8 LLC "Avelar Solar Technology" Matraevskaya solar power station The Republic of Bashkortastan Object of solar generation 2015 5,000 112 975,00
9 LLC "International Settlement Center Energoholding" The investment project for the construction of solar power plant "Enotaevka" Astrakhan region Object of solar generation 2015 15,000 112 977,00
10 Open Joint Stock Company "Orenburg Heat Generation Company" Solar power station "Sakmarskaya" Orenburg region Object of solar generation 2015 25,000 112 977,00
11 LLC "International Settlement Center Energoholding" The investment project for the construction of solar power plant "Prostroymaterialy" Astrakhan region Object of solar generation 2015 15,000 112 979,00
12 LLC "International Settlement Center Energoholding" The investment project for the construction of solar power plant "Volodarovka" Astrakhan region Object of solar generation 2015 15,000 112 981,00
13 LLC "KompleksIndustriya" The investment project for the construction of solar power plant "Zavodskaya" Astrakhan region Object of solar generation 2015 15,000 113 070,00
14 LLC "Avelar Solar Technology" Akyarskaya solar power station The Republic of Bashkortastan Object of solar generation 2016 5,000 110 690,00
15 LLC "Avelar Solar Technology" Yuldybaevskaya solar power station The Republic of Bashkortastan Object of solar generation 2016 10,000 110 691,00
16 LLC "Avelar Solar Technology" Isyangulovskaya solar power station The Republic of Bashkortastan Object of solar generation 2016 9,000 110 692,00
17 LLC "Avelar Solar Technology" Grachevskaya solar power station Orenburg region Object of solar generation 2016 10,000 110 693,00
18 LLC "Avelar Solar Technology" Sol-Iletskaya solar power station Orenburg region Object of solar generation 2016 25,000 110 694,00
19 LLC "KompleksIndustriya" The investment project for the construction of solar power plant "Niva" Lipetsk region Object of solar generation 2016 15,000 110 700,00
20 LLC "KompleksIndustriya" The investment project for the construction of solar power plant "Kazinka" Lipetsk region Object of solar generation 2016 15,000 110 705,00
21 LLC "KompleksIndustriya" The investment project for the construction of solar power plant "Dobroe" Lipetsk regionь Object of solar generation 2016 15,000 110 710,00
22 LLC "International Settlement Center Energoholding" The investment project for the construction of solar power plant "Aleksandrovskaya" Stavropol region Object of solar generation 2016 15,000 110 715,00
23 LLC "International Settlement Center Energoholding" The investment project for the construction of solar power plant "Erzovka" Volgograd region Object of solar generation 2016 15,000 110 717,00
24 LLC "International Settlement Center Energoholding" The investment project for the construction of solar power plant "Bubnovskaya" Volgograd region Object of solar generation 2016 15,000 110 719,00
25 LLC "International Settlement Center Energoholding" The investment project for the construction of solar power plant "Elista Vostochnaya" The Republic of of Kalmykia Object of solar generation 2017 15,000 108 502,00
26 LLC "International Settlement Center Energoholding" The investment project for the construction of solar power plant "Elista Zapadnaya" The Republic of of Kalmykia Object of solar generation 2017 15,000 108 503,00
27 LLC "International Settlement Center Energoholding" The investment project for the construction of solar power plant "Elista Severnaya" The Republic of of Kalmykia Object of solar generation 2017 15,000 108 504,00
28 LLC "International Settlement Center Energoholding" The investment project for the construction of solar power plant "Surovikino" Volgograd region Object of solar generation 2017 15,000 108 505,00
29 LLC "International Settlement Center Energoholding" The investment project for the construction of solar power plant "Uryupinskaya" Volgograd region Object of solar generation 2017 15,000 108 506,00
30 LLC "KompleksIndustriya" The investment project for the construction of solar power plant «Миkhailovskaya» Volgograd region Object of solar generation 2017 15,000 108 590,00
31 LLC "Avelar Solar Technology" Pervomayskaya solar power station Orenburg region Object of solar generation 2017 5,000 108 593,00
32 LLC "Avelar Solar Technology" Derzhavinskaya solar power station Orenburg region Object of solar generation 2017 5,000 108 594,00
The list of renewable energy projects
Name of the participant Name of the project Planned location of the facility Type of the generating facility Year started delivering power Planned capacity,mW Capital cost of 1 kW of installed capacity, rubles / kW
1 LLC "KompleksIndustriya" The investment project for the construction of wind power plant "Aksarajskaya" Astrakhan region Object of wind generation 2016 15,000 64 974,00
2 LLC "KompleksIndustriya" The investment project for the construction of wind power plan "Funtovo" Astrakhan region Object of wind generation 2017 15,000 64 909,00
3 LLC "KompleksIndustriya" The investment project for the construction of wind power plan "Airport" Orenburg region Object of wind generation 2017 15,000 64 909,00
4 LLC "KompleksIndustriya" The investment project for the construction of wind power plan "Novosergievskaya" Orenburg region Object of wind generation 2017 15,000 64 909,00
5 LLC "KompleksIndustriya" The investment project for the construction of wind power plan "Karsun" Ulyanovsk region Object of wind generation 2017 15,000 64 909,00
6 LLC "KompleksIndustriya" The investment project for the construction of wind power plan "Isheevka" Ulyanovsk region Object of wind generation 2017 15,000 64 909,00
7 LLC "KompleksIndustriya" The investment project for the construction of wind power plan "New Maina" Ulyanovsk region Object of wind generation 2017 15,000 64 909,00

Ярослава

editor, 30 July 2013

31 июля в 11.00 в комплексном заказнике «Алтуфьевский» состоялась церемония открытия миниэлектростанции и 5-ти мачт автономного освещения на солнечных батареях.

В мероприятии приняли участие руководитель Департамента природопользования и охраны окружающей среды Москвы Антон Кульбачевский, заместитель префекта СВАО г. Москвы Юлия Гримальская, заместитель председателя Общественной палаты города Москвы Ольга Бессолова, руководитель Комиссии Общественной палаты г. Москвы по экологической политике и устойчивому развитию Александр Гинзбург, директор Управления ООПТ по СВАО г. Москвы Константин Иванов, председатель правления «НП Евросолар Россия» Георгий Кекелидзе.

Данное событие является продолжением успешного взаимодействия Правительства Москвы с Общественным советом (палатой) г. Москвы в рамках Межведомственной рабочей группы «Возобновляемая энергетика в городской среде».

Миниэлектростанция альтернативного освещения «Ярослава» и мачты автономного освещения «Данко», работающие от солнечных батарей, полностью спроектированы и изготовлены в Москве.

Первая в Москве навесная солнечная электростанция обладает установленной мощностью 7,2 кВт. Её мощности достаточно не только для работы 10 столбов освещения, но и для обеспечения электроэнергией любых потребителей, для проведения культурно-массовых мероприятий в парке. Она органично вписана в ландшафт природного заказника между двумя водоёмами и своим оригинальным дизайном стилизована под пешеходный арочный мостик. В весенне-осенний период мощности станции хватит для работы столбов освещения непрерывно в течение более чем 100 часов, даже при отсутствии солнечного света. Включение освещения происходит автоматически с наступлением темного времени суток. В весенне-осенний период года за день в среднем солнечная электростанция вырабатывает свыше 20 кВт/час электроэнергии, которая запасается в аккумуляторах общей емкостью 4000 А•час.

Автономные мачты освещения «Данко» рассчитаны на обеспечение непрерывного свечения в течение около 50 часов при отсутствии солнечного света. Уникальные солнечные модули со встроенными в них светодиодными светильниками позволяют сочетать в одном приборе и зарядное и осветительное устройства. Солнечные модули обладают наибольшим возможным в настоящее время для кремниевых солнечных элементов кпд (21-23%). Мощность солнечных батарей - 210 Вт, что позволяет даже зимой обеспечивать работу светильников в темное время суток в течение 6 часов. Светильники включаются с наступлением темного времени суток и отключаются по программе в 2 часа ночи. Впервые в мире светильники снабжены системой снегоочистки. К тыльной стороне гибких солнечных модулей прикреплено вибрирующее устройство, которое включается автоматически только в зимний период времени ежесуточно на 15 минут и стряхивает снег с их поверхности. Энергопотребление стряхивающей системы мало и практически не уменьшает запас энергии, предназначенный для освещения.