Ukraine launches solar power plant next to Chernobyl as renewables take off

Ukraine launches solar power plant next to Chernobyl as renewables take off
A solar power plant next to Chernobyl is only one of half a dozen renewable energy projects in Ukraine
By bne IntelliNews October 9, 2018

Ukraine has installed a 1MW solar power plant in the contaminated area adjacent to the decommissioned nuclear power station in Chernobyl, as Ukrainian investment into renewable energy takes off. 

The photovoltaic facility is comprised of 3,800 panels and is expected to produce enough energy to meet the power demand of 2,000 local apartments. It benefits from feed-in-tariffs (FiTs) that guarantee a certain price for power, Reuters reported.

The $1.1mn solar plant is the result of a partnership between Ukrainian company Rodina and Germany’s Enerparc AG.

Ukraine has been steadily investing in renewable sources. During the first nine months of 2018, the country added over 500MW of renewable power capacity to its energy mix, more than twice as much as in 2017. Amongst the projects announced this year are:

 

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