The government of the Kherson Oblast, which is Ukraine’s southernmost region, has announced that a 35 MW solar project will be developed in the Oleshky Sands, a desert area in the Oleshky district.
According to a press release from local governor Eugene Ryschuk, the plant is only one of several PV projects that will be developed in the region this year. Overall these projects are expected to have a combined capacity of 250 MW.
The governor added that the 35 MW PV plant will be built on a dismissed area unavailable for agricultural use and that the project’s required investment will amount to $35 million. More technical and financial details about the project were not disclosed.
Ryschuk stressed that the plant will be built under Ukraine’s new FIT scheme and that further unspecified investors are planning to build other large-scale PV plants in the area.
The new feed-in tariffs in Ukraine are set at €0.1599 ($0.1726)/kWh for ground-mounted solar power plants commissioned in 2016, and €0.1502 ($0.1621)/kWh for projects connected between 2017 and 2019.
Several large-scale solar projects have been announced in Ukraine over the past weeks.
In early March, the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine revealed that Norwegian solar developer Scatec Solar was planning to build two large-scale PV plants with a combined capacity of 60 MW in the country.
In 2016, the Ukrainian government announced a plan to turn Chernobyl’s nuclear wasteland into a 1 GW solar farm.
According to CISOLAR, 54 new solar projects with a total capacity of 460 MW are planned to be implemented in 2017, enabling the country to exceed 1 GW of installed PV capacity.