Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Putin attends Kosh-Agach solar power plant launch in Altai

Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the launching ceremony of the Republic of Altai's Kosh-Agach solar power facility on Thursday.

The Kosh-Agach facility is now the largest solar power plant operated in Russia and the first ever to be erected in the Republic of Altai. Power generated at the plant will be used exclusively in the region, which has historically relied on costly energy imports, Ekburg.ru reports.

"I want to congratulate you on the start of the operation of the plant," Putin said at the launching ceremony, according to Ekburg.ru. "This is the first generation in the Altai Republic, which is absolutely dependent on the flows from other regions of Russia."

Putin plans to continue opening solar energy plants throughout Russia and its confederation states, including four additional plants in the Altai Republic which are scheduled to open by 2019. The Russian federal government has allocated more than $140 million in state funds over the next five years to grow the Russian solar energy market. Russian energy officials will closely monitor the activities of the Kosh-Agach facility to refine its solar energy procedures going forward.

"This is a very good example of how to do it," Putin said of the Kosh-Agach facility, Ekburg.ru reports. "And the more it is right and demand for this region, as the Republic of Altai, bearing in mind that there are significant number of protected areas, nature reserves, and in general this is a wonderful piece of nature in our country."