Early in June 2015, Ukrainian parliament adopted a Draft Law that contains various changes to the current feed-in tariff regime for solar plants in Ukraine, No. 2010-d of 19.05.2015. Due to several legislative barriers, such as a problematic local content requirement, the solar sector has stagnated for the last several years. The law amendment tackles many important barriers to pv systems.
Law amendment reduces barriers for investments in solar plants in Ukraine
Instead of the local content requirement, the use of locally produced equipment for photovoltaic systems is now encouraged by means of a premium payment on top of the feed-in tariff. Besides that, there are other major novelties. The feed-in tariff for PV systems continues to be fixed in Euro until 2030. Now, photovoltaic plants receive 15 -16 Euro cents per kWh depending on their commission date. Critical for obtaining commission confirmation is the certified compliance of the constructed object with the project documentation and its operational readiness, or the registered declaration on operational readiness of the constructed object by the authorized body. All generated electricity by photovoltaic facilities, except self-consumption, is reimbursed under the feed-in tariff. Furthermore, solar systems exceeding 5 MW do not have to be included into energy system planning of Ukraine.
Recovery of investments in solar plants in Ukraine after reform
Directly after the reform to the Feed-In regime, there has been a significant recovery of the industry in the second half of 2015. Three new large solar systems in Ukraine were put into operation only in the period of September – December 2015. The diverse solar projects have project sizes of about 3 to 12 MW. According to the General Manager Europe of Jinko Solar – Frank Niendorf – in 2016 the Ukraiinian pv plants construction is expected to continue. Actually, one of Jinko Solar’s biggest photovoltaic projects in Eastern Europe is in Ukraine. It is a 20+ MW solar project.
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