War presses Ukraine to deploy solar

Jun 22, 2022 02:55 PM ET
  • New small-capacity solar energy plants are being created in Ukraine to prevent blackouts, which is helping businesses to stay afloat amid alarming economic conditions.
War presses Ukraine to deploy solar
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A 13.9 KW Tesla Powerwall solar plant, contributed to Ukraine by Elon Musk, was just recently installed in Borodyanka, a town in Kyiv region.

" In the de-occupied areas most influenced by the Russians, there are problems with electrical power, as well as Tesla Powerwall stations offer backup power during power failures," said Ukrainian Preacher of Digital Improvement Mikhail Fedorov.

Solar energy systems are being deployed primarily to prevent blackouts and also to safeguard critical infrastructure such as hospitals, claimed Olga Sukhopara, advancement supervisor of the Ukrainian Association of Renewable Energy.

" After the liberation of the north of Ukraine, a great deal of power grid lines were harmed or ruined due to hostilities," Sukhopara claimed, including that all damaged grid lines in the region have actually been recovered.

Commercial rooftops as well as facade solar PV have actually become prominent recently as a means to save money on energy bills, said Sukhopara.

" Cross-subsidizing in the power industry still exists in Ukraine: tariffs for homes are state-regulated, while service pays market price for electrical power which gets on ordinary 3 times greater than for homes," she said. "That's why organizations started installing solar systems for their very own usage more often-- to lower energy bills and also to offer themselves with power at fixed price years ahead."

Ukraine's solar sector is mainly concentrated on survival now, and also out additional advancement. The aim is to avoid going bankrupt under consistent curtailment and lower feed-in-tariff repayments, stated Sukhopara.

" Work is underway to amend the regulations on free access to the electrical power market for RES producers," she said. "We likewise intend to start exporting green power to the EU in the future."

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