Ulyanovsk Region: Remote Municipalities to Build Wind Parks
By order of Governor Sergey Morozov, Marina Alekseeva (First Deputy Prime Minister) made a report at the international conference "Wind Power: Potential of German-Russian Partnership".
She said, “Today, the Ulyanovsk region's economy is closely connected to innovations. We have been successfully developing alternative energy sources for more than five years. We have opened two large wind turbine parks with the total capacity of 85 MW. The wind farm commissioned in early 2018 was the first in Russia. Together with the global leaders of the alternative energy sector - RUSNANO State Corporation, Vestas and Fortum, - we were the first in the country to build a full-fledged cluster of enterprises that manufacture components for wind and solar power plants. We also signed Russia's first special investment contract in the field of power engineering. We are going to continue building new wind parks in remote rural areas of the region. We are planning to commission new facilities annually and to bring their total capacity to 500 MW in the next 3-4 years.”
We would like to remind that the country's first Vestas plant for production of wind turbine blades for wind generators was built in the Ulyanovsk region. In September 2020, the company manufactured and shipped the anniversary (100th) set of items.
“We continue attracting investors in the RES industry; about a dozen projects are under negotiation. We are expanding our skills in new types of energy: wind, solar, hydrogen. We are building a specialized industrial park for innovative composite industries as part of the interregional industrial cluster "Composites Without Borders",” - said Sergey Vasin, Director General of the Ulyanovsk Region Development Corporation.
Roman Denisov, representative of the Russian Association of Wind Power Industry, reviewed Russian wind power market during the conference. He talked about the programme for support of renewable energy sources introduced by the Government of the Russian Federation in October 2020.
“One is increasing requirements for equipment localization and export. For example, the export indicator must reach at least 5% from 2025 to 2029, and by 2035 it shall increase to 15%. Despite the pandemic, this year we exported blades for the first time in the history of domestic power-plant engineering - they are some of the key components that are localized in Russia. And the Ulyanovsk region became the first in this sphere. In April, a batch of 48 blades was shipped from Vestas Manufacturing Rus to the customer in Denmark for construction of a new wind park,” - the expert explained.
The international conference "Wind Power: Potential of German-Russian Partnership" was held online as part of Husum Wind, a German exhibition for the wind power industry. The event was organized by the Russian-German Foreign Trade Chamber with the support of the Russian Association of Wind Power Industry (RAWI) and IHK Cottbus.