Alternative Energy is Rapidly Developing in Ukraine

2017/05/17 - 20:41 • Economy, Science and Innovation, Ukraine

Alternative energy is rapidly developing in Ukraine. Increase in prices for traditional energy resources makes us look for approaches to solving energy problems. Legislative security and investment climate are being developed and improved.

Ukraine’s favorable geographic position contributes to the development of alternative energy. In the next few years, work will be carried out in three directions: wind energy, solar energy and hydropower. Experts consider the solar sector to be the most promising area.

“Solar is developing very fast. I mean solar energy projects become cheaper from year to year. If earlier the cost of one megawatt of capacity was 5–6 million US dollars, now its price has dropped six fold,” said Serhiy Savchuk, Head of the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving in Ukraine.

The monopoly of large solar parks is gone. Now solar panels are being set up in private housing and small businesses.

“We see that solar blinds and solar collectors are developing nowadays. Even some sanatoriums are heating water with the help of solar collectors, without using heating energy from gas and other types of fuel,” explains  Savchuk.

There is an idea to turn the Chornobyl exclusion zone into an alternative energy source. Ukraine is ready to use 6 thousand hectares of “inactive” land for the production of solar energy, biogas and thermal energy. 60 investors have already expressed an intention to invest in the project.

“This will allow using empty areas that cannot be used for other types of activities. Therefore, it will not be empty anymore. It will provide residents of the adjacent areas with jobs. This is additional revenue for local budgets,” said Vitaliy Petruk, Head of the State Exclusion Zone Agency.

In total, achieving this goal requires more than USD 1.5 billion. Owing to project implementation, the exclusion zone can give the country 400 additional megawatts of energy. According to Petruk, now the work is focused  on how to get it passed in the legislative field and to allow investors to start working.

In 2015 the “green tariff” was reduced in Ukraine to equal the world’s average. Incentives for using Ukrainian-made equipment have been introduced:

“The law allows providing guarantees to investors who produce electric and heat energy from other types of fuel. We give them an incentive tariff that is guaranteed by law. The investor has to have a guarantee that he will return his investments. Unfortunately, we haven’t had such guarantees before,” clarifies  Savchuk.

Joining the Energy Community, Ukraine has undertaken a commitment to generate 11 percent of alternative electricity by 2020. Today, this figure is at 1.5 percent.

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  • Murf

    Some other Ukraine energy news.
    Westinghouse is in the process Of modernizing Ukraine’s reactors. They say they should be able to improve out put by 5-10%, extend the service life and improve safety.
    Additionally the Czechs are going to compleat a reactor started by Russia before the war.
    Taken togather this means Ukraine can cut the purchase of coal for their old thermal plants saving them millions a year in imports.
    Lastly Ukraine is building a nuclear waste disposal facility in the exclusion zone at a cost of 240 million.
    This will save Ukraine 100 million a year to have the Russians do it.
    That’s a Win/win on matter how you look at it.

    • WisconsinUSA

      Over here in America I would like to see our nuclear waste be stored in the exclusionary zone as well. I believe that we would pay Ukraine very handsomely to do that

      • Brent

        Store it at Drumpf Tower in downtown Manhattan. Drumpf doesn’t care about the environment anyway

        • Andrew Chmile

          That’s FAR too close to my @ss Brent!

          As the crow flys — Trump Tower is about a mile and a half — 2 miles from MY @ss! NO THANK YOU !!!!

          Give it to the Cannuks! — They have room! :)

          • zorbatheturk

            Canada is gonna build a wall.

      • Andrew Chmile

        U.S. has more “room”. — Cheaper here…

        Besides …. U.S. don’t care… look at our food!
        We eat CHEMICAL sh*t!

      • slavko

        Ship to our new friends in Russia. They have the most room.

    • Andrew Chmile

      Meanwhile …. back in Russia….. Putin is HELPING AMERICA!!!

      Putin is Trump’s best friend! :)

      Putin says he has transcript that PROVES Trump did
      not pass Russia any secrets – calling the claim ‘rubbish’ as he bashes
      ‘stupid’ US politicians he says want to undermine the President

      Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4514632/Vladimir-Putin-says-prove-Trump-did-not-pass-Russia-secrets.html#ixzz4hNe78c5l

    • zorbatheturk

      Ship the nuclear waste to RuSSia. Or hurl it at RuSSians from giant catapults.

  • WisconsinUSA

    I’m sorry guys. 400 MW of solar energy in the exclusion area is not a lot of energy. Very large size coal power plant can give you 1000 MW

    • Brent

      And buying that coal from Russia’s terrorists helps fund their war on Ukraine

      • Andrew Chmile

        We helped FUND Russia A LOT when we “sanctioned” Iran for years!!!

        FOR NOTHING !!!!

        JUST BECAUSE ISRAEL DON’T LIKE THEM!

        Not too smart!
        Raised OUR oil prices as well!

        For what?

        • zorbatheturk

          Greenspan printed too much money. He was Putin’s best friend.

          • Sania

            crudje, how u can get down ur big mind so
            pure and fantastic ?

          • Andrew Chmile

            He was only following Rothschild orders …. Y TF you think that the U.S. coontrols AT ALL — the U.S. money supply?

            FED is an *INDEPENDENT* agency. 😉

          • zorbatheturk

            Everybody wants more money, that is the problem. Nobody wants to take a pay cut!

          • Andrew Chmile
          • zorbatheturk

            Trump wants dollars, not roubles.

          • Andrew Chmile

            Or a chum=nk of Rosneft Oil Company stick …. 19.5 % … as per the Steels Report on Trump & his boys… :)

            (19% in Steele’s document — was 19.5% in what Putin did)

          • zorbatheturk

            Trump doesn’t know much about the oil game.

          • Andrew Chmile

            He knows enough that 19.5% of Rosneft stock is a lot of money …. that’s all he needs to know ….. He’ll give the Ruski Ukraine for that ….

          • zorbatheturk

            He is getting too old to spend the money. He has enough. Someone else has the 19.5% of Rosneft stock… and I have a hunch that someone or dummy corporation might be a front for Putin.

  • zorbatheturk

    Soak dead ruSSians in diesel and burn them for heat.

  • Tony

    I would still like to see the exclusion zone developed as wild life park, de jure instead of de facto. Have a look at South Africa’s Kruger national park to see how this can be profitable and improve country image.
    I suppose mixing it with solar wouldnt be completely contrary to that goal, green energy, green forests and wildlife. might work.