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DTEK RES STARTS PREPARATION FOR BUILDING 240 MW POKROVSKA SOLAR PLANT

DTEK Renewables (DTEK RES) starts preparation for the construction of Pokrovska solar power plant with a capacity of 240 MW in Dnipropetrovsk region.
The press service of DTEK Group told Interfax-Ukraine a contract has already been signed with Siemens, which has been elected general contractor for the construction of a 35/150 kV substation with the supply of all key equipment.
“We are launching another important project in the renewable energy industry of Ukraine. The construction of such large infrastructure projects as Pokrovska solar plant is a significant contribution to the implementation of the Energy Strategy of Ukraine. Only through the work of this solar plant, we plan to produce about 400 million kWh of “green” electricity that will allow reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 400,000 tonnes. Investments in the project will amount to about EUR200 million,” DTEK Renewables CEO Philipp Leckebusch said.

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SOLAR PLANT WILL BE BUILT IN KIROVOHRAD REGION IN 2019

Sunvin 5 LLC and Solar Farm 8 LLC during 2019-2020 intend to build two solar plants with a total capacity of 140 MW in Kirovohrad region, Deputy Head of Oleksandriya District State Administration Yuriy Koval has said at a meeting of the District Development Council in late January. According to a posting on the website of the district state administration, in particular, Sunvin 5 LLC plans in 2019 to begin the construction of a 60 MW Morozivka solar plant in the area of 132 hectares under the jurisdiction of Novoselivske village council.
In addition, Solar Farm 8 LLC intends in 2020 to build a solar power station with a capacity of 80 MW in the area of 125 hectares (Bandurove village council).
Solar Farm 8, which is part of DTEK Renewables holding, also plans to build a 50 MW solar plant in the territory of Dykivka village council of Znamyanka district of Kirovohrad region. In the summer of 2018, it received a land plot of 24 hectares for rent for 49 years.

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UDP RENEWABLES COMMISSIONS SECOND SOLAR PLANT, INVESTS $18 MLN

UDP Renewables, responsible for the development of projects in the field of renewable energy of UFuture Investment Group belonging to businessman Vasyl Khmelnytsky, has commissioned the 18.3 MW Free-Energy-Henichesk solar power station (Kherson region). According to the press service of the company, investment in the plant construction amounted to $18 million. The planned annual volume of electricity generation is 23,500 MWh, which will allow providing 9,000 households with energy.
During the construction of the plant, some 65,340 JinkoSolar panels were used, while additional goods and services were purchased from Ukrainian suppliers. Ukrgasbank acted as a financial partner of the project, KNESS group of companies was the general contractor, the company noted.
“We continue to develop in the “green” energy sector, as this is one of the most interesting areas of business in Ukraine today. Over the past year, the solar plants’ capacity in our country has almost doubled, but we still have room to grow compared to Europe, where the share of renewable energy averages 8.5%,” the press service said citing founder of UFuture Investment Group Vasyl Khmelnytsky.
The company also noted that UDP Renewables’ development strategy provides for the implementation of energy projects with a total capacity of 200 MW in the southern regions of Ukraine in 2018-2019.
Free-Energy-Henichesk solar plant is the second realized project of UDP Renewables, which currently also manages 6 MW Dymer solar plant-1 (Kyiv region).
UFuture Investment Group, headquartered in Brussels, was established in autumn 2017 and united the business projects of Vasyl Khmelnytsky. The group includes the Ukrainian development company UDP, whose specialization is the implementation of large infrastructure projects. In addition, the conglomerate united businesses in such areas as UDP Renewables, the Bila Tserkva industrial park, the innovation parks UNIT.City, and LvivTech.City.

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ENERGY COOPERATIVE SONIACHNE MISTO PLANS TO LAUNCH PILOT PROJECT OF SOLAR PLANT CROWDFUNDING IN SLAVUTYCH

The first energy cooperative Soniachne Misto plans to launch a pilot project for the construction of a solar power station with a capacity of 100-150 kW at the expense of crowdfunding in Slavutych in 2019.
This was announced by Soniachne Misto head Andriy Zinchenko at the third Ukrainian-German forum “BEA: Bioenergy, Energy Efficiency and Agribusiness” in Kharkiv.
“The city leases several municipal houses to the cooperative, on which solar power stations will be built for the funds raised. Energy from the solar plants will be sold at feed-in tariffs. Part of the profit will be paid to cooperative members, another part will be redistributed for energy efficient measures in the city,” Slavutych Mayor Yuriy Fomichev said at a press briefing.
“Legally, we will conduct campaigns for the sale of shares in the cooperative, the yield will be verifiable depending on the size of the contribution,” Zinchenko told Interfax-Ukraine.
“The model provides for a dynamic approach to the size of contribution depending on the city and station size. In Slavutych, we focus on EUR300-400, but it will be possible to make larger contributions or take several shares,” Soniachne Misto co-founder Oleksiy Mykhailenko said.
According to the founders of the cooperative, the capacity of the pilot project of solar plants will be 100-150 kW, the approximate cost is $100,000-150,000.

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CHINESE TRINA SOLAR SUPPLIES 123 MW MODULES TO DTEK FOR SOLAR PLANT

China’s Trina Solar Limited has announced the delivery of photovoltaic modules with a total capacity of 123 MW for a solar power plant project, implemented by Ukraine’s largest private energy holding DTEK. “The construction of a power plant, the contractor of which is China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC), is to be completed in early 2019, and in March the facility will be connected to the national power system,” the Chinese company said in a statement.
Trina Solar said that the design capacity of the station, located near Nikopol in Dnipropetrovsk region, is 246 MW.
“After the completion of construction and installation work, this facility will become the largest solar farm in the region, as well as the largest exclusively solar power plant in Europe,” the release says.
According to the report, the facility will be able to generate 280 million kWh of solar energy per year, which will allow it becoming one of the three leading suppliers of similar energy resources in Europe. The plant will be able to fully meet the needs of 100,000 households in Ukraine and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 300,000 tonnes per year.
Trina Solar, founded in 1997, is one of the world’s leading suppliers of integrated solutions for solar energy.

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ENERPARC AG-RODINA ENERGY GROUP PLANS TO EXPAND SOLAR PLANT CAPACITY IN CHORNOBYL ZONE

The consortium Enerparc AG-Rodina Energy Group plans to increase the capacity of its solar power plants in the Chornobyl exclusion zone from 1 MW to 100 MW, CEO of Rodina Energy Group Yevgeniy Variagin has said at a press conference in Kyiv. “We have plans to develop this project, to expand it to about 100 MW. And we are working on this with our partners,” he said.
Enerparc AG-Rodina Energy Group has recently officially put into operation a pilot solar station with a capacity of 1 MW near Chornobyl nuclear power plant. As reported, the construction of a pilot solar plant was completed in early 2018, in summer it got a feed-in tariff.
Solar Chornobyl LLC (Kyiv) in 2017 rented part of a concrete platform near the facility “Chornobyl NPP’s second phase switchgear” with an area of 1.7 hectares for the implementation of the solar plant construction project by Enerparc AG-Rodina Energy Group.

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