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PJSC Enel Russia has obtained commercial rights to operate its first wind farm in Russia. The 90MW project, Azovskaya WPP, will be located in Azov, within the Rostov region.

The Trading System Administrator granted the notification allowing the energy to be sold to the Russian wholesale electricity market from 1 May 2021. Moreover, in the near future, the project is expected to obtain confirmation of compliance with the localisation requirements allowing the company to receive 100% payment for capacity.

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Stephane Zweguintzow, PJSC Enel Russia general director, said: “…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.”

The wind farm will consist of 26 turbines spread across 133 hectares, will generate around 320GWh of clean energy each year and avoid the annual emissions of around 260,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere.

Construction works on the 132 million euro ($159 million) wind farm were carried out by Enel Green Power.

Besides Azovskaya WPP, Enel Russia has been developing two more projects in the field of wind generation: Kolskaya WPP (201MW) in the Murmansk region и Rodnikovksya WPP (71MW) in the Stavropol region.

Russia’s energy transition

Russia has been slow to shift away from fossil fuel, as coal continues to play a prominent role in the energy mix and provides energy security. However, this is not due to a lack of renewable energy potential.

According to Bloomberg, there’s plenty of green promise, including in renewable energy. Yury Melnikov, a senior analyst at the Skolkovo Energy Centre, estimates the potential for wind power could add up to 17,000 terawatt-hours.

Russia also has the potential to become a major producer of blue hydrogen if investment is directed into carbon capture technology.

Russian president, Vladimir Putin is considering providing special preferences to foreign companies willing to participate in joint clean energy projects. Even though details concerning incentives are vague, the recent US Climate Summit saw Putin emphasising “genuine interest in galvanizing international cooperation” in fighting climate change and meeting other vital global challenges.