Building Perovo has also boosted the local economy. More than 800 green jobs were created. Spanning some 200 hectares (~494 acres), about 259 football fields, solar PV modules and inverters were imported from leading Asian and European manufacturers and installed on-site by local workers. Nearly a mile (1500 kilometers) of cable were used to connect them over a record-setting seven-month period.
Ukraine’s Sunny Crimea
“The completion of the Perovo project is a major achievement for Activ Solar as our largest to-date and is a testament to our structuring and execution capabilities in a challenging global economic environment,” Kaveh Ertefai, Vienna-based Activ Solar’s founder and CEO, commented in a company news release. “We are proud of the quality of the work accomplished and the dedication of our team to deliver this successful outcome within a short period of time.”
Activ Solar has lived up to its name in the past year and more. Perovo is the third ground-breaking project the company’s completed in 2011. In October, it launched the 80-MW Ohotnikovo Solar Power Station, the largest in Central and Eastern Europe. Activ sees more solar power potential in the Crimea. It’s recently established in Odessa, an outgrowth of its strategic focus on “emerging solar markets.”
Activ is an integrated solar PV industry company. In addition to developing large-scale solar PV projects, it has produced silicon products since 1964. It produces solar-grade polysilicon ingots, wafers and solar PV cells at its subsidiary PJSC Semiconductor Plant in Zaporozhye, Ukraine.
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