EkoRE plans 15 MW solar plant in Ukraine

The City Council of Ochakiv, small city in the Mykolaiv region of southern Ukraine, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Turkish solar and renewable energy project developer Eko Yenilenebilir Enerjiler A.S. (EkoRE) for the construction of a 15 MW PV power plant within the city’s boundaries.

According to a press release from the Mykolaiv State Region Administration, the company is also planning to finance the construction of several PV systems on local public buildings such as schools and kindergartens, among others.

The project, the city council stressed, will be built on a 23-hectare (ha) plot and will have access to Ukraine’s FIT scheme for large-scale solar, while the smaller projects would likely be developed under net metering.

The FIT for large-scale PV projects completed in the period 2017-2019 is €0.1502 ($0.1621)/kWh. Ukraine is also supporting rooftop solar projects up to 30 kW through net metering. The tariff at which homeowners and small business can sell surplus power to the grid in 2017 is €0.18 per kWh.

According to a 2015 report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Ukraine has large untapped renewable energy potential that could boost the share of renewable energy in its total final energy consumption to 21.8% by 2030.