: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Ukraine installs over 200 solar power systems in 2017

Ukraine sees positive dynamics of demand for solar panels from the population with another 200 households having installed private solar power systems with a total capacity of 3.4 MW in the first quarter of 2017, according to the website of the State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine.

”According to our monitoring, since the beginning of the year, the number of solar panels installed by private households has increased by 18%, and their total capacity rose by 20%. Such an ever-increasing demand for `clean` energy is due to Law No. 514-VIII, introduced as early as 2015, and a `green` euro-pegged tariff for the purchase of electricity produced by solar installations up to 30 kW. Thanks to this tariff, families can sell surplus of their produced `clean` energy to the [power] grid and profit off of it,” said the agency`s head Serhiy Savchuk.

He also recalled that the households that had installed solar panels in 2017 could sell the excess electricity to the power grid at a price of 18.09 euro cents per 1 kWh.

”We are once again convinced of the effectiveness of the Law of Ukraine No. 514-VIII of 04.06.2015, developed together with the State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine. It has become a powerful incentive for families to become involved in development of alternative energy sources. Since the law came into effect, the demand for `solar` electricity has quarterly grown by 40-50%, and sometimes by 70%. To date, over 1,300 families fully meet their electricity needs thanks to the energy of the sun, and enjoy the considerable monthly earnings,” Savchuk commented.


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