On June 11, activists of Ecoclub and Khmelnytskyi Energy Cluster presented to the public and experts an analysis of the potential of renewable energy sources in Khmelnitskyi. The analysis was developed with the financial support of the European Union and the International Renaissance Foundation within the framework of the project Public Synergy. Khmelnytskyi is the first region of Ukraine to receive such a detailed study of the potential of renewable energy sources. Activists hope that the obtained results will be included in the strategy of Khmelnytsky region development for 2021-2027.
“Solar energy forms the basis of renewable energy potential in the Khmelnytskyi region by the number of releases, the second in terms of capacity is bioenergy, the third is wind,” – says Stepan Kushnir, a representative of Khmelnitskyi energy cluster. – In total, there are 394 domestic SES (total capacity of 10.8 MW) in the Khmelnytskyi region, of which 88 SES in Khmelnytskyi city have a total capacity of 2, 307 MW. Another 192 small SESs are expected to be added in 2019, making a total capacity of 5.4 MW. The dynamics of the development of small generation from solar energy is + 50% of the existing capacity. These are good indicators. While preparing an analysis of the potential of the renewable energy sources of the Khmelnytskyi region, we tried to create a document that would be of interest to communities, investors and self-government bodies to invest in the development of energy potential.”
Along with the development of green energy, the energy efficiency of buildings should be developed, says Andrii Martyniuk, Chairman of Ecoclub Board: “Now we just need to pay attention to energy efficiency. Without this, energy independence of the community is impossible. Therefore, all communities where condominiums are located should study the terms of the State Energy Efficiency Fund, which is set up to assist in the warming of apartment buildings. And for those who have not yet created a condominium, we highly recommend creating one. This way, you can reduce the heat consumption of these homes by two or more times. Accordingly, if consumption is reduced, the need for energy will be reduced. First and foremost, the use of renewable energy by environmentalists should be in communities where the potential of cities and villages can be combined.
“Over the last four years, Ukraine has significantly improved its position in the field of renewable energy development. This sector has attracted 2, 7 billion euros, – said Valery Kotsuba, Head of the State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine. – Khmelnytskyi is very active in renewing energy, 62 projects of “green” energy have been implemented today, including 167 MW of solar energy, 25 small hydropower plants with 7 MW, biogas and biomass generating installations. The most successful project is the Kamianets-Podilskyi biomass TPP at 45 MW, which currently provides about 60% of the population and some budgetary institutions (schools, kindergartens) with thermal energy. Understanding the potential of the region will make it even more effective at implementing such successful green practices.
Here are some interesting facts from analysis:
- The largest number of hydropower plants in Chemerovets district is 8 operating hydropower plants;
- In Kamianets-Podilskyi district a 63.8 MW solar power plant has been commissioned. It is the largest solar power plant in the Khmelnytsky region, consisting of 220 thousand solar panels;
- The largest bioenergy project to be implemented is a biofuel power plant in the village of Pecki, Khmelnytskyi district with 48.8 MW of electricity capacity and over 130 MW of thermal power;
- The biogas sector is best developed in Theophipol, a sugar refinery. Power generation is expected to reach 15 MW in 2019;
- Khmelnitsky National University has established the first rooftop SES of more than 500 kW (the largest in the budget sector).
See the link on analysis (in Ukrainian)
The round table was held within the framework of the project “Synergy of actions of the public, government and business in the format of the energy cluster for the energy reform of the Khmelnytskyi region”, which is implemented by Khmelnytskyi energy cluster and public organization “Ecoclub” under the auspices of the Ukrainian National Platform of the Partnership Community Forum.
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