Russian solar manufacturer and developer Hevel said on Monday it will build a 1-MW solar park in Russia’s Far East for domestic metals mining group Polymetal (MCX: POLY).
The two companies have signed a contract that calls for Hevel to install the photovoltaic (PV) facility at one of Polymetal’s mining locations and thus lower diesel power generation for the mining facility. The particular site is situated in the Khabarovsk region in Russia’s extreme eastern territory.
The operation of the PV plant is expected to help Polymetal save around 250 tonnes of diesel fuel annually.
According to Hevel’s estimates, a 1-MW solar park in the Khabarovsk region, which has ample solar resources, will generate 1.2 GWh of electricity per year. “Many mines are located at remote off-grid areas, and solar electricity is economically viable for mining production,” said the group’s CEO Igor Shakhray.
Last month, Hevel announced it has carried out tests that show the reliability of its heterojunction solar modules at extremely low temperatures of below -40 degrees С. The Russian firm then said these results encourage it to develop PV projects in arctic conditions.