Scatec Solar seeks to develop PV plants in Ukraine

The Norwegian solar plant developer and operator is looking for new potential markets in eastern Europe. According to a press release from the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine, Scatec Solar is planning to build two large-scale PV plants with a combined capacity of 60 MW in the country.

Last Tuesday, Scatec Solar´s vice president Terje Osmundsen and the Norwegian ambassador Ole Horpestad met with deputy Energy Minister of Ukraine Natalia Boyko to discuss opportunities to enter the Ukrainian market.

The Energy Ministry said that, in addition to these two plants, Scatec Solar is also exploring the possibility to develop further solar projects in the country. No more details on when and how the projects will be implemented were provided.

Responding to an enquiry from pv magazine, a spokesperson from Scatec Solar confirmed that the company is interested in entering the Ukrainian PV market, but declined to provide exact figures.

Scatec Solar´s portfolio includes solar power projects in the Czech Republic, South Africa, Rwanda, Honduras and Jordan. These projects have a combined capacity of 322 MW. More than 1,085 MW of projects are in the pipeline, as the company reports on its homepage.

The Ukrainian government is seeking to increase the share of renewable energy in the country’s electricity mix to up to 11 per cent by 2020. According to CISOLAR the country’s installed capacity reached 568 MW last year. For 2017, 54 new solar projects with a total capacity of 460 MW are planned to be implemented, enabling the country to exceed 1 GW of installed PV capacity.

By Emiliano Bellini and Carl Johannes Muth