Ukrainian vitality firm DTEK Group stated it has completed building of the primary 114 MW of a deliberate 500-MW wind farm within the nation, as DTEK continues to work on vitality tasks regardless of the continuing Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The corporate on March 10 stated it’s looking for worldwide assist to finish the Tyligulska wind farm. The present venture options 19 Vestas 6-MW wind generators, that are anticipated to start producing electrical energy this spring. The wind farm is loated within the Mykolaiv area in southern Ukraine.
DTEK officers have stated they are going to proceed to work towards the corporate’s objective of putting in no less than 30 GW of renewable vitality era capability in Ukraine by 2030, a program dubbed “30 to 2030.” That whole would allow renewable vitality to generate about half of the nation’s whole electrical energy.
“DTEK is constructing new vitality amenities as a result of we consider within the victory of Ukraine,” stated Maxim Timchenko, DTEK’s CEO. “And we’re sending a sign to worldwide companions that it’s potential to spend money on Ukraine in the present day with out ready for the tip of the warfare.”
Work on the wind farm was stopped a yr in the past when Russian forces first invaded Ukraine. Development resumed after staff have been outfitted with physique armor to help their security.
Ukraine presently has about 10 GW of put in renewable vitality capability, which incorporates some amenities occupied by Russian forces.
Rinat Akhmetov, a shareholder of SCM Group, or System Capital Administration, an investor within the wind farm, stated, “The failure of Russia’s vitality terror has as soon as once more demonstrated the tenacity of Ukraine’s energy engineers. It additionally clearly reveals the significance of Ukraine strengthening our vitality safety and shifting in the direction of vitality independence. Clear vitality is vital to attaining that and Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine has accelerated [renewable energy] improvement everywhere in the world.”
Akhmetov stated SCM has invested greater than $1 billion in photo voltaic and wind farms in Ukraine over the previous 11 years. “The warfare is not going to cease us,” stated Akhmetov. “We proceed to create jobs, pay taxes, produce coal, generate electrical energy, restore grids, battle for our vitality independence, and make investments sooner or later. We’ll win the warfare.”
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has stated renewable vitality is vital for the nation’s future and has stated venture improvement shall be a precedence as the inspiration for Ukraine’s post-war restoration.
—Darrell Proctor is a senior affiliate editor for POWER (@POWERmagazine).