Ukraine’s parliament has approved the second draft Green Energy Bill, paving the way for a 27% reduction in solar feed-in tariffs in the country from 2013.
The draft law was passed on Tuesday, receiving the votes of 226 the 271 MPs registered in parliament.
The winner from the new bill will be electricity produced from biogas, which was omitted from the previous bill. But solar looks set to lose out under Law 10183, which proposes a 27% cut in the solar FiT from January.
The country currently hosts Europe’s second-largest PV plant with a capacity of 100MW installed by Activ Solar GmbH last year. The company is one of the main drivers of solar power in the Ukraine having installed 313.35MWp in the country so far.
However, speaking to PV-Tech, Markus Wölbitsch, spokesman of Activ Solar was optimistic: “The important thing is that it will only affect parks that are built after the introduction of the new law. So the current parks of Activ Solar are not concerned and the initial tariff is still guaranteed until 2030.
“The reduction will of course have effects on the current pipeline of projects in the planning phase. But again, any recalculation of new projects will be made when the details of the new law are published.”