By Eurasia Network, October 29, 2020
Ukrainian households have installed 27,623 solar panels generating electricity according to the last data as of October 1st, 2020.
The Ukrainian State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving reported that in the third quarter of 2020, almost 2,000 more households switched to photovoltaic panels. The total capacity of this private solar power reaches 712 MW, of which 53 MW (+ 8%) were commissioned in the third quarter of 2020.
In April 2019 that was nearly 1,400 private households which installed solar panels and reduced consumption on energy bills in Q1 2019. There were almost 8,850 families using solar panels with a total capacity of 190 MW as of April 2019. This represented an investment worth EUR 180 million. At the end of Q3 2015, they were only 130 families.
Konstantin Gura, the Acting Chairman of the State Agency for Energy Efficiency, said that :
“Since 2015, households have invested about 560 million euros in solar panels. This is a contribution to their own energy independence and autonomy, as well as to the development of a large-scale Ukrainian market for services and equipment in green energy […]”.
Yury Shafarenko, Deputy Head of the State Agency, added that :
“Thanks to solar panels, households not only save on utilities, but also change their behavior to energy efficient ones. They understand that every saved, unused kW of electricity allows them to return the investments and improve their financial situation […].”
In the first half of 2020, 1,330 new private solar power plants have been connected to the distribution system operators of DTEK Grids. The total number of private solar power plants connected to the infrastructure of the company DTEK Grids was 7,220 as of July 1st, 2020.
This growth in private capacities is supported by favourable regulation. The Ukrainian Parliament voted in July 2019, the bill №10357 on regulation of solar power stations in private households. This new law reinforced the rights of citizens who installed or plan to install a domestic solar power plant with a capacity of up to 30 kW by the end of 2019.
The leaders among the regions in Ukraine in the use of solar energy are the Dnepropetrovsk, Ternopil, Kiev, Ivano-Frankivsk and Transcarpathian oblasts.
In accordance with the Energy Strategy of Ukraine until 2035, adopted in 2017, the country plans to reach a renewable energy share of 11% by 2020 and 25% by 2035.
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