Where are solar and wind power plants located in Russia?

In the western part of the Sahara, on the vast territory of Morocco, there is a solar power plant “Ouarzazate”. Work began in 2016 and is still under improvement – its maximum capacity is expected to be 580 MW. There are hundreds of power plants in the world that generate energy from the sun, wind and the internal heat of our planet. Many people believe that they are mainly located in the United States, China and other countries, but a large number of alternative energy plants have been built in Russia. Recently, members of an environmental organization green area It collected data from open sources and created an interactive map of solar and wind power plants in Russia. There may be clean energy being generated near you right now – see for yourself.

There are also solar and wind power plants in Russia

Greenpeace — независимая неправительственная экологическая организация, которая была основана в 1971 году в Канаде. Сторонники организации выступают против изменения климата, сокращения площади лесов, чрезмерного вылова рыбы, загрязнения воздуха и так далее.

Renewable energy in Russia

According to the Russian branch of Greenpeace, solar, wind and geothermal power plants began to appear in Russia relatively recently. For nearly ten years, there were no large clean energy generation facilities in the country. However, at the moment, the number of “green” power plants is about 210 pieces. Many of them are still not fully functional, that is, they have great potential. Greenpeace representatives believe that in a few years Russia can become a leader in the development of “green” energy.

Renewable energy sources in Russia

Map of solar and wind power plants in Russia

To visually show that there is “green energy” in Russia, Greenpeace proponents have developed an interactive map. Using data from open sources, they indicated on the country’s map all solar, wind and geothermal (electricity generation) plants from the Earth’s internal heat. Also, the developers did not bypass biogas plants – they work by recycling agricultural waste as manure, as well as processing waste from city sewers and landfills. It is believed that such plants cause much less harm to nature than thermal ones.

Biogas plant “Pitsuri”

With all this, the developers of the map did not mark large hydroelectric plants that generate energy using the movement of water masses on dams, etc. It is believed that the construction of such structures negatively affects animals, pollutes rivers and sometimes leads to the flooding of large areas. Greenpeace does not welcome this type of power plant – only renewable energy sources can reduce fossil fuel use and carbon dioxide emissions.

Greenpeace has not added large hydroelectric power stations to the map because it harms nature

An interactive map of solar, wind and geothermal power plants in Russia is available directly on the Greenpeace website. By clicking on the corresponding icons, you can find out what year the objects were built, what power you are working with, and other interesting information.

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Where is the best developed “green” energy?

On the map, you can see that the largest number of wind farms in Russia is located in the Krasnodar Territory, the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic and Dagestan. There are a lot of solar power plants in the Volgograd, Astrakhan and Orenburg regions, and the Moscow region is rich in hydroelectric power plants – most of them were commissioned in the 20th century. There are no environmentally friendly power stations near Nizhny Novgorod and Kazan.

There are a large number of solar power plants in Dagestan

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It is important to note that Greenpeace recently launched a petition to reject the development of nuclear energy in Russia. According to representatives of the organization, the construction of nuclear power plants is very expensive and takes a lot of time. It is believed that instead of building them, it is better to develop cheaper and safer renewable energy sources. My colleague Andrei Zhukov recently wrote an article about which energy is better: nuclear or renewable energy. I highly recommend reading!

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