According to recent forecasts from Macquarie Research, Ukraine will increase its solar power capacity by 400 MW in 2012. The current solar capacity of Ukraine stands at 200 MW. The research gathered information from various sources, like the European Photovoltaic Association, Germany’s Solarbuzz, and many other sources.
Analysts are of a view that, by 2016, Ukraine will construct and commission new solar PV facilities with cumulative capacity of 1.8 GW, which is equivalent to the capacity of two nuclear reactors.
According to Macquarie Research’s estimates, Ukraine, which was included for the first time in the forecast, will put in operation 400 MW of new PV capacity each in 2012 and 2013 and 500 MW capacity each in 2014 and 2015.
Over the past two-and-a-half years, Ukraine constructed and commissioned more than 20 solar power plants with a total capacity of over 270 MW. In particular, at the end of last year it launched the Perove solar farm of over 105 MW in Crimea, which is the largest solar park in Europe and the CIS.
A draft law, “On Introducing Changes to the Law of Ukraine on the Power Sector,” was adopted by the Ukranian parliament last month. According to the new law, private households can sell surplus solar electricity to the grid — Ukrainian power supply companies will be obliged to buy excess electricity from households generated from rooftop solar systems up to 16 kW in size. Households will not be required to obtain a license for electricity production. This law is expected to provide impetus for the development of solar energy in Ukraine.
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Mridul Chadha currently works as Head-News & Data at Climate Connect Limited, a market research and analytics firm in the renewable energy and carbon markets domain. He earned his Master’s in Technology degree from The Energy & Resources Institute in Renewable Energy Engineering and Management. He also has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering. Mridul has a keen interest in renewable energy sector in India and emerging carbon markets like China and Australia.