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VLADIVOSTOK, July 4 (Itar-Tass) — A solar power plant (SPP) came into operation in Yakutia's Yuchugei Settlement on Wednesday. The plant will help improve the provision of the Settlement with electricity, an official at the public communications department of the "RAO Energy Systems of the East" (ESE) joint-stock company has announced.
There are about 350 inhabitants in the 100-house Yuchugei Settlement. Previously, 144 tonnes of liquid fuel was brought to the Settlement every year for the diesel power plant. The SPP will help reduce the consumption of fuel by about 15 tonnes, the department official pointed out.
Two solar power plants are in operation in Yakutia so far. The first one was installed in Batamai Settlement a year ago in Kobyai District. The year-long experience in running the SPP has shown the effectiveness of the SPP operation in extreme climatic conditions and made it possiblet to give greater scope to the application of alternativ energy technologies in individual areas of Central Yakutia.
According to ESE deputy general director Alexei Kaplun, the company is now shaping a concept of the development of renewable source of energy in the Far East which experiences serious problems with energy infrastructure and the cost of fuel delivered to the area. Projects for alternative power engineering are to be also developed on Sakhalin Island and the Kamchatka Peninsula.