GRODNO, 11 November (BelTA) – Plans have been made to build a solar power plant in Smorgon District, Grodno Oblast with the total capacity of 17MW, BelTA learned from Andrei Sviridov, Head of the Investment Office of the Economy Committee of the Grodno Oblast Executive Committee.
The project to use renewable sources of energy will be implemented by OOO Ecological Energy, a company with Belarusian-Lithuanian-Russian capital.
An area as large as 36ha in an industrial zone of the district will be used for deploying the solar power generators. The power plant’s efficiency factor may reach 20%. The energy it will generate will be fed into the public power grid.
About $40 million will be invested in the project that will be implemented in three stages. The first one is supposed to be ready as early as late 2015.
A solar power plant with the total capacity of 1.26MW already operates in test mode in Shchuchin District, Grodno Oblast. This project has been implemented by OOO Agrohimsvet (AHS) at the expense of $1.5 million. Investment proposals filed by a Lithuanian company to build several more power plants of the kind in Zelva District, Lida District, and Svisloch District are going through the approval procedure. Projects to use solar energy are being implemented by several enterprises and organizations of the oblast. Apart from that, solar-powered water heaters are installed in recreation camps and at individual enterprises of the oblast. Plans have been made to raise their number over 20 by 2015. The production of solar panels by OAO Grodno Glassworks is under consideration.