An additional 500 MW of solar power will be tendered by the Russian government this year in the context of the large-scale renewables program it initiated in 2014.

“In Russia, at the end of 2020, around 1.7 GW of solar capacity was online,” Anton Usachev, President of the Russian Solar Energy Association, told PV magazine. This power comes primarily from the government’s auction program initiated in 2014, and the remaining quota of the program is the 0.5 GW of PV that it will tender this year.” The auction is likely to take place in June 2021.”

Russia’s Trading System Administrator, JSC ATS, is overseeing the auction scheme, which has also brought around 550 MW of wind power online.

All of the utility-scale projects selected in the tenders comply with local content laws, but some cell and module manufacturers, inverters, wafers [and] mounting systems have been operating in Russia since 2014,” Usachev specified.” Solar parks using Russian products are subject to higher feed-in tariffs than projects using fully-manufactured components abroad.

Three projects with generation capacities of 5.6-6 MW were pre-qualified for a 5.6 MW capacity procurement in the latest round of the scheme, conducted in June 2019, and the only PV project selected was secured by Finnish utility Fortum. The average bidding price was around RUB62,000 per installed megawatt ($821). The solar developers’ Capex figure was lower than that allocated for 71 MW of wind power and lower than for previous PV projects. In June 2018, the previous auction round saw Russian module manufacturer Hevel Group and Fortum win 148.5 MW worth of awarded solar PV projects.

New goals

The Russian government is also preparing to approve a new initiative to deploy another 7 GW of solar and wind by 2035, Usachev has also revealed. The country is now taking steps towards a more diversified solar PV industry by supporting new distributed power segments,” he added, explaining that the rooftop will play an important role in the new strategy under net metering and solar-plus-storage projects in remote areas.”

“Russian residential PVs are expected to flourish in [the] next five years once new net metering rules are in force,” he said.

Via the CSA initiative, the Russian government is currently funding solar in grid-disconnected regions. As they have weak energy and transportation infrastructure, the Republic of Buryatia and the Far East Federal District have good potential for this kind of project.

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