Ukraine’s coal producer DTEK plugs in 10 MW solar plant


Ukraine-based coal and power producer DTEK announced in a press release published on Facebook that it has connected a 10 MW PV power plant to the grid in Kherson Oblast, Ukraine’s southernmost region.

The company had begun work on the project in March. The plant was built with 37,000 solar modules provided by the Chinese panel maker JA Solar, and inverters from Switzerland-based ABB, which were manufactured at the company’s factory in Italy.

The plant was installed in partnership with French engineering company Beten Ingenierie SAS. According to local newspaper Kyiv Post, Ukraine’s National Commission for Energy, Housing and Utilities Services Regulation (NCER) had granted a FIT contract to the project at the end of July.

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The region of Kherson will host a large portion of the projects that will have access to the country’s FIT scheme. The local government announced in March that a 35 MW solar project will be developed in the Oleshky Sands, a desert area in the Oleshky district.

According to the region’s governor Eugene Ryschuk, there are currently 250 MW of PV projects under development in Kherson. The current feed-in tariffs in Ukraine are set at € €0.1599 ($0.1842)/kWh for ground-mounted solar power plants commissioned in 2016, and €€0.1502 ($0.1774)/kWh for projects connected between 2017 and 2019.

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