In the village Rychta which is near to city Kamianets-Podilskyi (Khmelnytskyi region, Ukraine) there was 1 MW solar power plant built on the place of old ruined cattle farm. Investor has plans to expand this project to 2,178 MW.
The total area of solar power plant is around 5 ha. The developer of this project is “Eco-Foture” LLC and the main contractors are “Rentechno” and “Avenston” companies. In March of this year Ukrainian state authority The National Commission for state regulation in the energy and utilities (NKREKP) has issued license to “Eco-Foture” for electrical power production by the first stage of PV power plant with 1045,44 kW capacity.
“Eco-Foture” LLC held local public hearing regarding solar power plant’s “Rychta” construction. The management of the company underlined that there were all advantages about power plant’s building and further functioning were explained to the local community together with complete information about modern World and European best practices about solar power production and benefits which clean energy production can bring to society, and local people agreed with this.
“Locals thought we’re making a kind of nuclear reactor here and photovoltaic modules share radiation which is harmful as Chernobyl, – told us Director of “Eco-Foture”, Mr. Vladimir Nazimok about educational mission of his company. – “However we’re pleased to know that local people have fundamentally changed their opinion about solar power plant. There are small jack rabbits running on the territory of solar plants and photovoltaic modules are not terrifying them”.
Currently assembling of the first stage of the solar plant with 1,05 MW capacity was finished and construction of the second stage should start in July. This stage of the solar power plant consists of more than 3000 solar photovoltaic modules and 16 invertors, but herewith electrical transformer sub-station and cables are Ukrainian production origin.
Electricity generated by the solar plant will be sold to the state enterprise “Energorynok” under “green” tariff. Currently for business entities which generate electricity from ground solar sources entered since 1st of January 2017 till 31st of December 2019 this “green” tariff is UAH 4,3946 per kWh.
Mr. Dmytro Lukomskyi, CEO of “Avenston” company commented some technical aspects of this project. “For this project we’ve applied traditional solution for our company – top quality models of photovoltaic modules produced by Tier-1 manufacturers (the high level of solar modules manufacturers on the world by Blumberg) and German solar invertors from SMA company. Also using special equipment called “ground screws” for piles steel mountings was one of the special features involved in this project. For distant future it can allow to clear this land plot easily and without additional expenses from solar plant’s equipment and mountings and use it for any other purposes even land farming inclusive. It is the main advantage of ground screws in comparison with commonly used concrete foundations” – mentioned Mr. Dmytro Lukomskyi.
“Rychta’ solar PV power plant has been developed, designed and built by our group. We acted in the project as developer and EPC-contractor and performed all work on this facility, starting from getting land and grid permits and up to the commissioning and green tariff obtaining. This solar facility has been designed for the production and sale of electricity to get all benefits of a green tariff acting in Ukraine. The 1st stage with capacity 1,045 MWp is already completed, the 2nd stage is under construction, now.