The Ukrainian government will continue to support the solar energy feed-in-tariff program in Crimea, for the time being, regardless of the recent annexation of the region by Russia, according to predictions from the prominent lobby group European–Ukrainian Energy Agency (EUEA).
While the decision isn’t down to the EUEA (of course), the group does certainly have access to a number of inside sources — so it’s prediction should be noted.
From what’s been stated, it sounds like, as long as Ukraine claims Crimea as it’s own, the power plants will continue to receive the tariff — a situation that could last for quite some time.
If you’re wondering about why this is important considering all of the other concerns in the region, it’s worth noting that the feed-in-tariff (FiT) program in Ukraine is one of the most generous in the world — eligible solar PV power plants connected to the grid receive €0.34/kWh. The loss of that income could have a substantial effect on the operations of the solar power plants currently receiving them. Furthermore, solar power in Crimea helps to cut the region’s dependence on Russian oil and gas.
Activ Solar — the largest operator of solar power plants in Ukraine — has stated that it is closely monitoring the situation in the region, but that it remains unclear what the recent events mean for the owners/operators of plants there.
Activ Solar has developed a number of large solar PV power plants in Crimea, including the massive 100 MW Perovo Solar Park that CleanTechnica site director Zachary Shahan toured last year. Here’s another short video from that tour: