26 Jun '14, 2pm

Can the Frigid Sakha Awaken Russia’s Clean Energy Potential?

Can the Frigid Sakha Awaken Russia’s Clean Energy Potential?

Experts predict that a minimum of 20,000 MW of new generation capacity is necessary to be added to the grid over the next two to four years in order to meet the ever-rising power demand. Renewable enrgy technologies are believed to be able to patch the looming gap, but solar and wind power may face some development roadblocks. Regions in the Russian Far East like Sakha (Yakutia) are widely seen as among the best for larger renewable energy presence because they are home to some of the highest solar irradiance in the area. Ignored Potential, Lofty Goals Though Sakha is perhaps the most recognizable poster child for renewables in the country, it ironically serves as an example of the ostensible expensiveness of solar energy, and has not made many innovative efforts to slash costs, according to policy makers. “Sakha, like Kamchatka and Sakhalin, our remote and isolated region...

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