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GROUND HOUSEHOLD SOLAR PLANTS WITH CAPACITY OF UP TO 30 KV GUARANTEED FEED-IN TARIFF BY LATE 2019

The relevant Rada committee, when preparing the adopted law on green auctions for signature by the speaker, proposes making a clear definition of conditions for providing feed-in tariffs for all household solar power plants with a capacity of up to 30 kV, indicating that their owners are entitled to such a tariff until the end of 2019.
Oleksandr Dombrovsky, the chairman of the Verkhovna Rada committee on fuel and energy complex, nuclear policy and nuclear safety, said on his Facebook page that he had sent a letter to Rada Speaker Andriy Parubiy with a corresponding proposal.
According to him, in the process of technical and legal preparation of the law on green auctions, adopted by the Verkhovna Rada, the main legal department of the Verkhovna Rada revealed inconsistencies that may lead to incorrect practice of its application. Thus, the law established the procedure for calculating feed-in tariffs for households operating solar plants of up to 50 kV, provided they are placed on roofs, facades of buildings and other housing structures. However, he did not foresee the procedure for calculating the tariff for all household solar plants with a capacity of up to 30 kV until the end of 2019.
To eliminate this gap, the procedure of Article 131 of the regulations may be applied, which allows for clarification of the wording of the voted law, the committee believes.

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RENGY DEVELOPMENT PLANS TO BUILD 80 MW SOLAR PLANTS IN UKRAINE

Rengy Development plans to build 80 MW of solar power plants in Ukraine in 2019 and to double the total portfolio of completed projects, to 160 MW.
This was announced by Managing Partner of Rengy Development Narek Harutyunyan during the discussion on the topic “Renewable Energy in Details,” organized by the Golaw law firm.
According to him, objects of 50 MW are already under construction in Mykolaiv region, the construction of another 30 MW will begin soon. He suggested there will be lull in the market of building solar stations Ukraine in July-August in view of the uncertain situation with “green” auctions.
Rengy Development was established in 2009. Since then the company has built 12 solar plants: these are mostly stations of up to 5 MW, and several plants of over 10 MW. In July 2018, Scatec Solar (Norway) signed an agreement with Rengy Development on the joint construction of a solar plant with a capacity of 47 MW in Mykolaiv region for EUR52 million.

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UKRAINE STARTS PRODUCING CONVERTERS FOR SOLAR PLANTS IN ODESA

S-Engineering LLC production company (Odesa) at the end of February signed a licensing agreement with AEG Power Solutions, which will provide it with the exclusive right to manufacture solar converters using AEG PS technology. According to the website of S-Engineering, converters with a capacity of up to 1,000 kVA will be produced at its Odesa factory under the SEMAG brand, created by the Metropoliya group of companies and SE Group International.
At present, converters, which are the main component of solar plants, are not produced in Ukraine.
“The equipment produced by under the AEG PS technology in Ukraine will have a sufficient share of local production to receive the U-1 certificate confirming the Ukrainian origin of the goods,” Oleksandr Semeniuh, the director for solar energy projects at S-Engineering LLC, said.
Vice President for Business and New Markets Development at AEG Power Solutions Jorg Liedloff said that in future the company has big plans to expand the product line that is manufactured using its technology in Ukraine.
Metropoliya provides engineering services of a full cycle in the energy sector. SE Group International, headed by S-Engineering, manufactures switchboard equipment certified under European standards.
AEG Power Solutions is the leading global supplier of power supply systems and solutions.

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JAPANESE COMPANIES INTERESTED IN BUILDING SOLAR PLANTS IN CHORNOBYL NPP AREA

Deloitte Touche Japan and Green Power Development Japan (both based in Japan) are interested in building solar power plants with the capacity of up to 1.2 GW in the Chornobyl exclusion zone. This information was made public at a meeting of Olha Buslavets, the Director General of the Energy Markets Directorate of the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry, Masatoshi Nishimoto, the Director of Deloitte Touche Japan, the Executive Director of Green Power Development Japan, and representatives of the Japanese government in Kyiv on January 30.
According to the press service of the ministry, during the meeting the parties discussed the economic and technical aspects of construction of solar plants, as well as a draft law on the introduction of “green” auctions.
As reported, the construction of a pilot solar plant with a capacity of 1 MW of the Enerparc AG-Rodina Energy Group consortium was completed in early 2018. In the autumn of 2018, the consortium announced its intention to increase the station’s capacity to 100 MW.

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EBRD, BLACK SEA TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT BANK TO ISSUE EUR 36 MLN FOR BUILDING SOLAR PLANTS IN UKRAINE

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank each will provide a EUR 18 million loan for the implementation by Rengy Solar B.V. of a project to build three solar power plants in Mykolaiv region, the EBRD press service has said.
The total installed capacity of the stations will be 47 MW.
Rengy Solar B.V. belongs to the Norwegian developer of the solar energy projects Scatec Solar and Rengy Development (Kyiv).
“Both companies have experience in implementing similar projects with the EBRD, but this new project is the first one for Scatec Solar in the market of alternative energy in Ukraine,” the press service notes.
This project is funded by the EBRD under the USELF-III program for financing alternative energy in Ukraine for a total of EUR 250 million.
As reported, earlier Scatec Solar signed an agreement with Rengy Development about joint implementation of projects on construction of solar plants with a total power of 47 MW in Mykolaiv region.

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