Renewable energies — invest and trade in Ukraine

We analyzes some perspectives and plans for cooperation within alternative energy sectors of Ukraine for foreign companies and mentions main challenges that could be faced while cooperating with Ukrainian colleagues during PV projects development and implementation. It is not a big secret that now Ukraine is going through difficult times, but our country and its economy have big possibilities as market for local and foreign investors. Especially in such area as energy generation. We think that renewable energy and its photovoltaic sector is a very promising industry where many companies can expand own business being suppliers of equipment or technologies or even like investors for utility-scale solar power plants.

By the end of 2016, the total installed capacity of renewable energy sources in Ukraine was 1.1 GW and additional 500 MW remains in Crimea. On the mainland of Ukraine, capacities of all renewable energies, which already put into operation, is divided by types as follows:

  • Solar energy — 530 MW;
  • Wind — 440 MW;
  • Capacity of small hydro power stations — 90 MW;
  • Biogas with biomass — 60 MW.

Over 2016, the largest numbers of new facilities have been built among the solar power plants — it was almost 100 MW. There are some main reasons why Ukrainian PV industry is very attractive in terms of investment:

  1. Special government program, which aims to increase share of renewable energies in the total power balance of Ukraine. This share has to achieve at least 11% until 2020 and 21% until 2035. However, at the beginning of 2017 the current capacities of renewable power is still very low — only 1.26% of total electricity consumption.
  2. Ukrainian Government guarantees that all amount of electricity produced from renewable energy sources will be paid by the «green» tariff. Electricity is purchased on Wholesale Electricity Market of Ukraine by State Enterprise «Energorynok».
  3. Green tariffs are actual until 1st of January, 2030 and are set in euros to reduce the risks of investors: for ground-mounted commercial PV power plants FIT it is 15 eurocents per kW-hour and for roof-mounted solar plants it is 16 eurocents.
  4. The climatic conditions and the level of insolation in Ukraine are good for the implementation of solar energy projects. At current level of technologies and equipment efficiency, an average annual performance ratio is about 1300 kWh per 1 kWp of solar panels for south regions of Ukraine.

As a result, solar market in our country is growing now and it is one of the most attractive PV markets in Eastern Europe. Our current forecast for PV industry is the following:

  • In 2017, we will see a rapid growth of the new installations’ quantity and capacity.
  • In 2018 and 2019 there will continue a stable growth of new installations.
  • However, slow decreasing of new capacities is possible in the period after 2020.

Challenges of solar market

Despite the fact that Ukrainian solar industry has lots of attractions, it has some important problems. In case of not taking into the account well-known country risks, we can underline the following issues that is necessary to know about Ukrainian solar market:

  1. First of all, there are some difficulties with correct prediction of terms and costs of land permits obtaining. It was a main reason why we selected best ready-to-built projects. It is much easier to attract investors to a project if the land leasing agreement is signed and all land issues became transparent.
  2. The second point is difficulties related to the grid connection. Grid operators have some technical limitations regarding connection. It is not easy to find land areas with reasonable cost of connection to the grid.
  3. Very often foreign investors worried about the fact that PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) is signed just for already built solar power plants after construction phase. But it is necessary to remember that Ukrainian government guarantees that all amount of electricity produced from renewable energy sources will be bought.

In any case, all these challenges can be resolved. And it is confirmed by a lot of PV power plants which have been built and successfully operating in Ukraine for the past 7 years. Despite all country risks, we see that the interest to such projects each year only increases.  If you are interested in getting more details about Ukrainian solar energy market, Avenston can provide you with additional information and answer your questions. Just contact us to start.

Solar power plants are one of the key and many times approved competencies for companies belonging to the Avenston group. We provide all necessary services for solar energy projects, starting from the support of the development or pre engineering stages to maintenance of already built photovoltaic power plants or systems. All stages of the implementation of such projects are carried out by us independently or with the involvement of selected partners. In the second case, all key processes are managed and controlled by Avenston’s in-house project managers. List of our solar projects includes a large number of designed and built industrial solar PV power plants, commercial solar power plants as well as home solar power plants. If you have plans to build your own solar power plant of any type and size, please contact Avenston. We will be happy to help you implement your project in the most optimal way.


Key business activities of Avenston

Utility-Scale Solar Plants

We build on-grid utility-scale solar PV power plants to operate using a "green" tariff or to sell electricity through a system of "green" auctions. On-grid ground-mounted solar power plants - project, turnkey EPC-contract, connection to grid.
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Commercial Solar Plants

Since 2010, we have been performing a full range of development, engineering, construction, and maintenance for all types of solar photovoltaic power systems. Huge practical experience in the construction of solar power plants for commercial use.
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Floating PV Power Plants

We offer all necessary services and innovative solutions for the implementation of floating solar power plants (FPV) in Europe and the Middle East. Technical consulting, design, and turnkey EPC services.
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Energy Storage Systems

A full range of services for the implementation of battery energy storage systems (BESS) for solar PV power plants and other renewable energy facilities, industry and the commercial sector. Development, design, construction and commissioning.
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Equipment for Solar Power Farms

Avenston has many years of experience in planning and procurement, and supply of equipment and materials to the site. The coordination of suppliers, cost and choice of payment methods of goods delivery, and choice of optimal delivery schedule.
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Backup Power Supply

We provide services for the installation of modern uninterruptible and backup power sources for commercial enterprises. Design, installation and service of low and medium power UPS. Backup power supply systems.
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Operations & Maintenance

We expand the useful lifetime of facilities, maximize their profitability, streamline their performance and availability, and minimize their consumption and operating costs. Routine and non-routine maintenance, warranty, and service.
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Additional Engineering Services

Avenston provides separate services related to the technical aspects of implementing projects in renewable energy: simulating, feasibility study, design, installation and electrical works.
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