Aug 14, 2014 - Vienna-based Activ Solar GmbH, a solar developer that has several large-scale solar parks in Crimea, said it has not been informed of the introduction of any new incentives for renewables on the peninsula.
A week ago, Russian daily Kommersant reported that Crimea’s solar and wind power producers have agreed to power off-take tariffs of RUB 3.42 (USD 0.095/EUR 0.07) per kWh. The amount is less than a quarter of what they received when Crimea was still part of Ukraine.
Such a tariff is “by far not sufficient to compensate for the costs of solar energy installation,” Activ Solar said in an e-mailed statement. It added that all renewable power plants in Crimea have been off the grid since April. The company noted that some solar power facilities have been operating in test mode for a few days between April and July but have not received any payments for the produced power.
In March, when Crimea became part of Russia, Ukrainian state-run utility Energorynok terminated its power purchase agreements (PPAs) for solar, wind and conventional power plants on the peninsula. For months, renewable power producers awaited some clarity as regards to their power off-take options.
(RUB 10 = USD 0.279/EUR 0.208)
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