In Cherkasy region, the Norwegian company launches a solar station for € 55 million a year
12 Oct 2020

In Cherkasy region, the Norwegian company launches a solar station for € 55 million a year

The Norwegian company Scatec Solar will put into operation a solar power plant with a capacity of 55 MW a year after construction is completed.

The project was ready for launch in December 2019, reports

SES with an area of 82 hectares could not work due to bureaucratic obstacles, which were resolved thanks to a field meeting of the regional state administration.

"The power line, which is to come out of the Orbita regional power substation, still needs to be connected to the station - in fact, an old power line, for which no land has been allocated, needs to be reconstructed," said Kateryna Panina, Scatec Solar's high-voltage project manager. "So we need to issue the right of easement - the use of forestry land - for the reconstruction of towers and the protection zone of the transmission line: for ten hectares."

The company paid PJSC Cherkasyoblenergo about UAH 50 million for the merger. It is also estimated that the Norwegians must cover the losses of forestry production - 6.5 million hryvnias and compensate for the losses - about 800 thousand. But these amounts still had to be approved by a commission to start the process.

According to the resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers, the commission must have an eco-inspector, but the regulations on eco-inspection do not specify such powers. As a result, the solar station worth 55 million euros could not work.

The Norwegians turned to the Ministry of Environment to agree on bylaws concerning forest lands. "We were promised to resolve the issue within two or three weeks, but due to quarantine or other reasons it could be delayed for a much longer period," said Alina Sviderska, head of business development at Scatec Solar. "Meanwhile, we are repaying loans without generating electricity, and given that the" green "tariffs in Ukraine have decreased by 15%, the payback period of the project is now increasing for several more years."

The head of the regional state administration Serhiy Serhiychuk, who visited the solar power plant, initiated changes to the bylaws. "We will create an investment office at the regional state administration so that investors in Cherkasy region have fewer such problems," the head of the region said.

Scatec Solar has built a solar power plant in Kamianka, and the reconstruction of the substation is currently being completed.