As of October 1, 2020, some 27,623 Ukrainian households have installed photovoltaic (PV) panels and are consuming “clean” electricity in Ukraine.
The press service of the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving reported that in the third quarter of 2020, almost 2,000 more households switched to PV panels. The total capacity of all PV panels is 712 MW, of which 53 MW (8% up) were launched in the third quarter of 2020.
“Since 2015, households have invested about EUR 560 million in PV panels. This is a contribution to their own energy independence and autonomy, as well as to the development of a large-scale Ukrainian market for services and equipment in green energy,” the press service said, citing acting Chairman of the agency Kostiantyn Hura.
As of July 1, 2020 some 25,600 households installed PV panels and utilize clean electricity.
“In the second quarter of 2020, another 1,500 households switched to PV panels. The total amount invested by families exceeds EUR 520 million, and the total capacity of all PV panels is 658 MW,” the press service of the State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving said.
The leaders among the regions in the use of alternative generation are: Dnipropetrovsk – almost 3,500 MW, Ternopil – more than 2,200 MW, Kyiv – more than 2,000 MW, Ivano-Frankivsk – more than 1,900 MW and Zakarpattia – almost 1,600 MW.
There were about 12,000 households using solar photovoltaic (PV) panels with a total capacity of about 280 MW in Ukraine as of July 1, 2019, the press service of the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine said on Tuesday.
“The volume of households’ investment in 280 MW solar PV panels reached more than EUR 240 million,” the press service quoted head of the Agency Serhiy Savchuk as saying.
According to him, more than 3,000 households installed solar PV panels with a total capacity of over 85 MW in the second quarter of 2019 alone.
“This is more than twice up on the first quarter of this year (1,400 households),” Savchuk said.
Leaders in installing solar PV systems by households are Dnipropetrovsk (more than 1,500 systems with about 40 MW). It is followed by Ternopil region with more than 1,200 systems with about 33 MW and Kyiv region with the city of Kyiv with more than 1,000 households that installed solar PV panels whose total capacity is about 20 MW.
“Given that there are 6.5 million households in Ukraine, the potential for the market for using solar panels is considerable,” the agency added.
NJSC Naftogaz Ukrainy in July will cut the price of natural gas for the needs of households by 8% compared with the price in June, to UAH 5,803 per 1,000 cubic meters (VAT and transportation and distribution costs not included), Chairman of Naftogaz Executive Board Andriy Kobolev has written on his Facebook page.
“Gas on the international market is becoming cheaper again. Thanks to this, Naftogaz reduces gas prices for industrial consumers by almost 8% in June. According to the government’s decision, the price of Naftogaz for commercial consumers forms the price of gas for households that is valid next month,” he wrote.
As reported, Cabinet of Ministers resolution No. 867 dated October 19, 2018 extended the period of validity of public service obligations (PSO) for Naftogaz to sell natural gas for the needs of the households, producers of heat energy and religious organizations until May 1, 2020.
The situation on the European market since spring 2019 has led to a decrease in the market price of gas below the government-set regulatory level for households.
The government made amendments, according to which, under PSO, the prices of gas for households and heat suppliers is calculated as the average price of gas supplied by Naftogaz to industrial consumers that was in effect in the month preceding the month of delivery.
The number of households in Ukraine, which installed solar panels, in January-September 2018 increased 2.5-fold year-over-year, to 3,000.
According to the report of the State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving, in July-September 2018 the number of households, which installed solar panels on their roofs, was 1,371.
In general, a total of 6,031 families installed solar panels on their roofs with a total capacity of 121 MW, which is 10% of total solar power generating units in the country. A total of EUR 120 million was invested in private solar panels on the roofs.
The largest number of households is in Kyiv (727), Dnipropetrovsk (694), Ternopil (522) regions, and the smallest – in Chernihiv (74), Zaporizhia (56) and Luhansk (8).