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Published on December 29th, 2011 | by Andrew


Activ Solar Commissions 100-Plus MW Perovo Solar PV Station in Ukraine’s Crimea

December 29th, 2011 by  

Photo courtesy Activ Solar GmbH

Austria’s Activ Solar yesterday announced the completion and commissioning of one of the world’s largest solar photovoltaic plants, the 100-megawatt (MW) Perovo Solar Power Station in Ukraine’s Crimea. Built in record-setting time, Perovo’s more than 440,000 crystalline solar PV modules can produce as much as 132,500 megawatt-hours (MWh) of clean, renewable electrical energy per year, enough to meet the needs of Simferopol, the Ukraine Crimea capital. More than 105,000 tons of carbon emissions will be avoided.

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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  • D in SJ

    Why do we continue to cover open land, sometimes beautiful, pristine desert landscapes, with a supposedly green energy source?
    Never mind all the pollution created in China for the panels, why can’t we put these things on rooftops and parking lots right where the power users are?
    Green Graft…

    • Anonymous

      My guess would be economics. There are efficiencies to putting this many panels in one place.

    • Akbweb2

      Why do we drill and excavate holes across huge swaths of the earth and poison land, air and water by burning fossil fuels?

      • anderlan

        I know right? Has this person SEEN the tar sands? Dozens of square miles of forest destroyed and replaced with poisonous lakes and mounds of poisonous mud. To make more oil, destroy more forest, poison more water. It’s heartbreaking.

    • anderlan

      We could produce all the power we need with less than one percent of the land we devote to agriculture. Just because the damage we do with fossil fuels isn’t immediately visible doesn’t mean it’s not catastrophic. It’s time we quit fooling ourselves.

      BTW, I’m all for using rooftops, covering parking lots, etc. I think policy should favor household and small commercial production. I think that is vital to any grid policy.

      But using open space isn’t as bad as you think. Consider that the panels cool the air underneath and in regions where grass can grow, it will continue to grow even in the low light betwixt the panels. Consider the panels a type of heat-reducing, moisture-saving canopy. You could say that panels are a much better condition for a greenfield than even crop or grazing uses.

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