Ukraine has now 63 MW of solar under net metering

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The State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine (SAEE) has reported that around 63 MW of rooftop PV systems were connected to the country’s grid as of the end of March 2018.

Overall, 3,553 rooftop PV arrays were installed under the scheme at the end of the latest quarter, in which new additions totaled 543. This compares to around just 200 new projects in the first quarter of 2017.

According to SAEE, the growing interest for solar net metering is due to the generous euro-linked tariff, which is being granted to the excess solar power in the grid. In 2017, this tariff was €0.18 per kWh.

As of the end of the first quarter of last year, approximately 1,300 solar power generators were installed under net metering. This means that the amount of installed capacity under net metering has more than doubled over the past 12 months.

The scheme, which is open to PV installations with a capacity of up to 30 kW, was introduced in Ukraine with the law №514-VIII, which was issued in April 2015.

Ukraine’s total operational PV capacity reached around 841 MW as of the end of 2017, according to new provisional numbers released by the Ukrainian government.