Ukraine's New Solar Station Part Of National Projects

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukraine has finalised construction of a new solar energy power station in Crimea.

Mirrors at Crimean solar power station.

The newly built solar plant is part of Ukraine's National Projects and is capable of producing 25 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of environmentally clean electrical energy per year.

This achievement has been accomplished in accordance with the Nature Energy project. Such capacity will meet the needs of about 5000 households in the area and will help reduce carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions by 20,000 tons per year.

Natural Energy is one of Ukraine's National Projects launched by the Ukrainian leadership in late 2010.

It is aimed at producing electric energy from clean sources such as the sun and the wind in the amount of 2GW.

The objective of such an initiative is to supply the area with low-cost electricity and preserve the environment, making these areas attractive for tourism development.

The main incentive for the growth of Ukraine's solar PV market is a so-called "green tariff" system, which introduced a fixed Feed-in Tariff (FiT) program for electricity from renewable sources for 20 years.

The State Agency of Ukraine for Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation, which developed a program of energy efficiency, reports that the share of alternative energy shall make up to 30% of Ukrainian energy market before 2015.

Now, around 60% of energy resources, mainly natural gas, in the country is imported.

Ukraine has an extensive potential market for solar energy projects.

The capacity of solar radiation in Ukraine reaches from 800W to 1450W per square metre (m2) per year.

Due to Ukraine's geographical position, the southern regions of the country have the highest potential for solar energy: the Crimea, Mykolaiv, Kherson and Odessa regions.

Ukraine is the 12th largest energy market in the world with an installed capacity of 54GW as of 2009, exporting its excess electricity to such countries as Russia, Slovakia, Romania, Poland, Moldova and Hungary.

Source: Solar Novus Today