Portuguese firm Martifer Solar has managed to complete an 8MW PV plant in Ukraine amid the ongoing political turmoil in the eastern European country.
The plant was built for Rengy Development, a company building renewable energy projects in Ukraine and Armenia.
Martifer said the project, dubbed Shargorod, had been completed despite challenging conditions in the country.
“This new 8MW plant is a significant achievement for the team as it strongly displays our company’s ability to adapt and manage complex projects under extreme conditions. In addition, this PV project is one of the first of its magnitude to satisfy the current local content requirements in place within the country,” said Francisco Queirós, country manager for Martifer Solar in Ukraine.
Shargorod is the sixth utility-scale project Martifer Solar has built in Ukraine for Rengy Development since 2012, amounting to a total portfolio of 29MW.
The project, located 300km south of Kiev in Vinnytsia, is expected to generate 9.2GWh of power per year, according to Martifer.
Before Ukraine’s political troubles began, the country was seeking to reduce its reliance on Russian gas by building up a fleet of utility-scale PV plants, supported by a generous feed-in tariff.
However, a large chunk of its PV portfolio was lost when Russia annexed the Crimea region in March. Crimea was home to some of the country’s largest PV plants, most of them built by Austria-based Activ Solar.
In April, Ukraine’s PV forecasts for this year were slashed by 75%, but with Russia now curbing gas supplies to its neighbour, solar’s place in Ukraine’s future energy mix looks increasingly important.
Meanwhile, under sanctions imposed on Russia yesterday by the EU in relation to its apparent role in the ongoing tensions with Ukraine, investment on energy projects in Crimea and Sevastopol have been expressly banned.