Nation’s solar power plant preparing to connect new panels
Today, alternative energy sources are widely used to solve energy supply problems not only on an industrial scale, but also in the private sector.
Azerbaijan has also become no exception in the development of this direction and aims to bring the level of alternative energy in the total consumption volume to 20 percent by 2020.
Most of the country’s potential in this area comes from solar energy, and this potential is estimated at 5,000 megawatts.
The wind energy is 4,500 megawatts, the biomass is 1500 megawatts, the geothermal energy is 800 megawatts, and the remaining 350 megawatts for the potential of small hydroelectric power stations.
The potential of renewable energy sources in Azerbaijan is over 25,300 megawatts, which will generate 62.8 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity per year. By 2020, it is planned to reach a capacity of 2,676 megawatts.
In 2018-2020, the State Agency for Alternative and Renewable Energy Sources plans to implement 23 projects with a total cost of about 13 million manats ($7.65 million) within the framework of the Strategic Road Map for the development of public services.
Earlier, it was reported that Azerbaijan’s Pirallahi solar power plant is preparing to connect new solar panels.
Azalternativenerji LLC under the State Agency on Alternative and Renewable Energy Sources told Trend that in general, 4,400 solar panels have been installed here, 1,920 of them have been already connected, the remaining 2,480 are being prepared for connection.
The solar power plant generated 1.9 million kilowatt-hours of electricity worth about 86,000 manats ($50,500) from May 22, 2014 to July 1, 2018.
Moreover, 1.816 million kilowatthours of electricity of that volume were sold.
The contract cost of the solar power plant project is 14.7 million manats ($8.65 million).
In January-July 2018, Azerbaijan’s wind farms produced 14.1 million kilowatt hours of electricity, which is 63.9 percent more than in January-July 2017, while solar power plants generated 23.4 million kilowatt hours of electricity, says a report of the State Statistics Committee.
According to the State Agency for Alternative and Renewable Energy Sources, the country’s wind energy potential is 350 megawatts, 50 megawatts account for solar energy, and during the next few years it will be possible to reach the level of 20 megawatts in bioenergy.
Azerbaijan’s power plants generated 13.5 billion kilowatt hours of electricity in January-July 2018 that is 2.6 percent more than in the same period of 2017, according to the report.
Humanity needs to switch to other sources of electricity production, not dependent on hydrocarbons. In other words, in the coming decades, it is necessary to actively seek out and use alternative sources of energy.
Traditional sources transform into electric kinetic energy moving water - HPS and thermal energy of fuel - TPS, operating on oil, natural gas and coal. An alternative source of energy replaces traditional sources.
These are the energy of water movement in the oceans and seas, wind, solar radiation, biomass, atom decay, etc. Wind energy is most often used in countries of Western Europe, the U.S., India, and China.
For example, Denmark receives 25 percent of energy as a result of using wind. Solar power stations operate in more than 80 countries.