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Russia’s Largest Solar Power Plant Opens in Siberia

The Kosh-Agachsky plant, which has a capacity of 5 megawatts (MW), is the record holder in Russia for solar-power generation. The plant launched on September 4, 2014 and is located in Altai Republic, Gorno-Altaysk, Russia. Kosh-Agachsky allows the region to be power-independent instead of relying on energy from other parts of the country.
Russian president Vladimir Putin attended the grand opening. He says the plant will provide a large amount of employment and give the production sector an opportunity to get a market.Andrei Tsygulev told local reporters that the power station will generate almost twice as much power as the 2.7 to 3.5MW needed, and that the remainder of the power will be sold to other areas in the region. Tsygulev is the deputy head of the Kosh-Agach district for construction and architecture.

The plant is the first of five PV facilities planned to be opened by 2019 at a total cost of RUB5 billion. It was initiated by Hevel Solar, which is located in Moscow, and was founded in 2009 to develop clean solar energy in Russia.

The predecessor to the covenant record holder title is a plant in the North Caucasus republic of Dagestan that was opened in 2013 and has an output of 2MW.