Na­tion’s so­lar power plant pre­par­ing to con­nect new pan­els

Azer News - - Business - By Sara Is­rafil­bay­ova

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.

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