Almost 2.5 thousand solar modules are needed to generate enough energy to continuously supply the rehabilitation and children's recreation center "Nadezhda". The total power of the new station is 600 kW. Since commissioning in mid-August, 125,000 kilowatt hours of green electricity have been generated in just over two months: This could supply over 40 two-person households for a year.
"Nadeshda" is an institution for children and young people affected by the Chernobyl disaster. Every year, more than 4,000 young people receive professional care in socio-educational, psychological and medical programs. In addition, the aim is to strengthen the sense of responsibility and self-confidence for the importance of a nuclear-free energy supply. You can also find more information about Nadeshda in our news section.
In total, the solar plant is expected to supply 615,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year, thereby saving 540 tons of CO2-emissions. The proceeds from feeding the solar power into the Belarusian grid directly benefit the children recovering in "Nadezhda".
Shares of the total costs of almost 800,000 euros were financed from subsidies for the Green Electricity-certified green electricity product 'Mainova Grünstrom' from the Frankfurt energy supplier, Mainova. With Grüner Strom-certified energy products, a fixed subsidy amount flows into new renewable energy plants and innovative energy transition projects for every kilowatt hour of green electricity consumed.
In the afternoon of September 28, 2017, the ceremonial opening of the PV plant took place. Among others, the director of the Children's Center "Nadezhda", Vyacheslav Makushinsky, gave a welcoming speech. It was especially emphasized that the implementation of the project on the construction of the PV plant is a very important step on the way of ensuring the functioning and development of the Children's Center "Nadezhda" according to the principles of sustainable development.
In addition to the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Peter Dettmar, Werner Neumann, member of the board of Grüner Strom Label e.V. and the association "Life after Chernobyl" also took part in the opening ceremonies.