Yakutia can increase the share of renewable energy generation in the Arctic to 10% in 2024
The head of the Republic Aysen Nikolayev noted that at the Eastern Economic Forum, the launch of automated hybrid power complexes with a total capacity of 7.2 MW in four remote communities was launched via teleconference.6 September 2022
The Yakutian authorities, together with the energy sector, plan to increase the share of renewable energy generation to 10% by the end of 2024. This was reported by TASS, citing the head of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Aysen Nikolayev.
'We have the largest network of decentralised energy systems in Arctic Russia and probably in the world in isolated, hard-to-reach areas. We started a project with RusHydro a couple of years ago that few people believed in. There was disbelief when we launched 70-plus hybrid power plants in our north. <...> If now our share of generation by solar and wind power plants in the local energy zone in the north is about 0.9%, we intend to bring it to 10% by the end of 2024,' Nikolayev said at a session of the Eastern Economic Forum entitled 'Efficient Energy—Balance of Economy and Ecology.'
He noted that the EEF teleconference became the launch of the automated hybrid power complexes with a total capacity of 7.2 MW in four remote settlements in Yakutia, one of them in the village of Honuu, the largest solar power facility in the Russian polar region.
'We want to raise exactly renewable energy in the overall local energy balance by a factor of 11 in three years. It's profitable for us,' explained the head of Yakutia.
As an example, he cited the first hybrid power plant, autonomous hybrid power station Tabalakh, which was launched a year ago also at the EEF: 'We have now achieved savings of over 70% in the summer, but over the year, it has worked—50% fuel savings of what it was, although, when the calculations were made, we had budgeted about 30%. It actually turned out better than we thought it would.'