Today PJSC Enel Russia obtained the right to put into commercial operation its first wind farm in Russia, located in Azov, Rostov region, with an installed capacity of 90 MW. The right to sell the energy and capacity to the Russian wholesale electricity market was granted once the relevant notification was issued by Trading System Administrator of Russian wholesale electricity market. This means that starting from May 1, 2021, Azovskaya WPP’s first “green” energy KWh will be supplied to the Russian wholesale electricity market. Moreover, in the near future, it is expected to obtain confirmation on compliance with the localization requirements, which will allow the company to receive 100% payment for capacity.
“Today we are witnessing a historical moment for Enel Russia. Azov wind farm, Enel Group’s first wind farm in Russia, allows us to contribute to our strategy to develop renewable energy in the country. Azovskaya WPP start of commercial operation is an important step for our company on the way of business transformation ensuring a lower carbon footprint,” announced Stephane Zweguintzow, PJSC Enel Russia General Director.
Construction works were carried out by Enel Green Power, the Group’s business line dedicated to the development and operation of renewables around the world. Initial investment in the Azov wind farm were estimated in the amount of approximately 132 million euros. The wind farm is included in the list of Rostov region priority large investment projects “Governor’s hundred”.
The wind farm will be able to generate around 320 GWh of clean energy each year, avoiding the annual emission of around 260,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere. The project will consist of 26 turbines spread across 133 hectares.
Besides Azovskaya WPP, Enel Russia has been developing two more projects in the field of wind generation: Kolskaya WPP (201 MW) in the Murmansk region и Rodnikovksya WPP (71 MW) in the Stavropol region.
Overall amount of investment in three wind farms will amount to around 495 million euros, which underlines the strong commitment of Enel Russia to contribute into meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) goals, including SDG 12– Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns and SDG 13 – Climate action.
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