Ukraine to add 500MW of renewable energy by 2023

Seetao 2023-02-07 08:30
  • Sunlight conditions in northern Ukraine favor production of electricity from renewable energies
  • The annual average wind speed in Ukraine is as high as 7.5 meters per second, and the potential installed capacity of wind power reaches 16-24 GW
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Important changes have taken place in the world's energy landscape. Against the background of energy transition, the development of renewable energy in various countries is accelerating. Ukrainian Energy Minister Galushchenko stated on February 5, 2023 that in order to improve the stability of Ukraine's energy system, Ukraine is focusing on the development of green energy and plans to add 500 megawatts of renewable energy in 2023.

Solar energy is the most promising renewable energy source in Ukraine. Ukraine is rich in solar energy resources. In southern regions such as Odessa, Kherson and Dnepropetrovsk regions, there is sufficient sunlight every year from April to October. In addition, the sunshine conditions in northern regions such as Kyiv, Chernobyl and Lviv regions from May to September each year are also conducive to the production of renewable energy electricity.

According to the assessment of the International Renewable Energy Agency, the potential installed capacity of wind power in Ukraine is 16-24 GW. If Ukraine fully develops and utilizes its wind power resources, it can reduce the consumption of crude oil by 10 million tons and natural gas consumption by 13 billion cubic meters per year. According to estimates by EU and Ukrainian experts, the potential installed capacity of onshore wind power in Ukraine alone is as high as 16 GW. The country’s wind power resources are mainly concentrated in the south and southwest regions, including Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk and Chezh. In southwestern regions such as Ernovtsy Prefecture, the annual average wind speed is as high as 7.5 meters per second. Editor/Xu Shengpeng