Tetiana Luzhenetska, Production Clerk at the Operational Planning Department,
Solar energy is our future. This slogan has sounded many times during the official launch of solar plants in Ukraine and will sound in 10, 20, 50 years. To disagree that solar energy is vital is utterly shortsighted. Indeed, technically, the available potential of solar energy in the territory of Ukraine is huge. I am sure that in the future renewable energy sources potentially can cover about 50-80% of the total electric power consumption.
Support for the development of renewable energy requires an impact of the political will, legislation, investment, and a new energy strategy. This is important!
Recently, while surfing the Internet, I came across an interview with Arne Jacobson, Head of Board of AICE Hydro AS, a big hydropower producer in Norway. For the electric power market in Ukraine to meet European standards and be interesting for investors, Arne recommends developing its long-term consistent general structure for 20-30 years ahead, consistent conditions and prices, in this case, for renewable energy. Arne Jacobson is sure that today, every country should work to ensure that a share of renewable energy reaches 100%. To attract investors to the electric power market, Ukraine should implement 3 conditions, he stresses. «It is necessary to eliminate corruption, to simplify the licensing process, which is not difficult at all, and to secure stability, which is not difficult either», the expert says. «In Ukraine, a process of securing licenses to install renewable energy facilities is still too complicated, bureaucratic» Indeed, the Ukrainian government should create a mechanism to support the development of Ukraine's renewable energy. Such tools should minimize expenditures for technological connection to grids or even completely cover connection expenses for the renewable energy facilities. The current goal is to increase the share of renewable energy sources in the total energy balance of Ukraine to 21% in 2035. This is a very ambitious and difficult task. All stakeholders should be starting an open discussion on how that can be reached. People, the government, all our planet is interested in the clean future.
In 10 years, I want to see Ukraine independent… Energy independent, and Ukrainians, conscious! Indeed, how much longer can we continue «breathing coal»? Sustainability, green energy, technological innovations – all that is Ukraine's conscious future. When we think that green energy is a gold standard of environmentally-friendly and most safe energy, then the reforms will occur a lot faster. I am sure that our state has all possibilities to change the energy development vector of its economy towards ecologically clean, safe and cheap energy.