Russian hydropower generation holding RusHydro launched a 90KW wind power plant in the remote Arctic settlement of Tiksi in the Yakutia region, Tass reported on November 7. The station has to operate in temperatures of minus 50 degrees and wind speeds of up 70mps using equipment supplied by Japan’s Komaihaltek.
The new wind power plant is a part on an energy complex that includes a diesel power plant and an accumulator with the total capacity of 3.9MW. Rushydro is one of the most visibly active utility majors in the renewable energy segment, in 2017 pledging to invest $1bn into developing solar power projects in the Far East region.
The state agency overseeing the renewable sector Rosnano previously argued that Russia has the world's biggest potential for wind generation and estimated that 10GW of new capacity is required in 2025-2035 to support domestic renewable energy sector.
Russia's government plans to get 4.5% of all generation from renewable sources by 2024, which would require additional 25GW of renewable generation capacity. However, the state support programme for the sector foresees financing only 5.5GW of solar and wind stations and 445MW of waste-to-energy stations.
Recent independent studies followed up on much hyped Russian renewable energy drive and concluded that by 2025 the share of renewable energy sources in Russia's energy mix will amount to 1%, lagging far behind the official government's target 4.5%.