TIU Canada fighting in court to reconnect solar farm in Ukraine
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January 15 (Renewables Now) - Renewable energy firm TIU Canada has taken to court Nikopol Ferroalloy Plant (NFZ) for disconnecting its 10.5-MW solar farm in Nikopol, southeastern Ukraine, in March 2020.
The Canadian company estimates that the disconnection from the grid, which it claims was illegal, has so far caused more than EUR 1.5 million (USD 1.8m) of damages. It is seeking immediate reconnection and plans to hold NFZ and its shareholders fully accountable.
A hearing on Thursday in the Kyiv Commercial Court was the first trial date following the conclusion of preliminary hearings in December.
TIU put online the 10.5-MW solar park in January 2018. In December 2019, the company was notified by NFZ that the latter intended to disconnect the facility for “repairs”. The Canadian firm sought ways to avoid this but its power plant still got disconnected on March 2, 2020. The company explains that under Ukranian law, only the power generator can authorise a disconnection.
TIU Canada, a unit of Alberta-based Refraction Asset Management, has built 54 MW of solar capacity in Ukraine.