The Okhotnykovo solar plant is the fourth of photovoltaic park in the world in terms of power, after Sarnia, Canada, Montalto di Castro, Italy, and Finsterwalde, Germany .
Located in the Crimea in southern Ukraine, the new power plant is capable of producing enough energy to meet the needs of 20,000 homes. Production of Okhotnykovo park will reduce emissions of carbon dioxide in the country of about 80 000 tonnes per year.
Ohotnikovo project consists of 347,800 PV modules spread over an area of 160 hectares.
This solar power plant is part of the national project “Natural Energy” launched by the National Agency of Ukraine for energy efficiency and energy conversion in 2010. Its aim was to produce electrical energy from renewable “clean”, such as solar and wind power, up to 2000 MW. This initiative will enable the Crimea to produce electricity with low transport costs, while preserving the environment of this region. According to the National Agency, the share of renewable energy production should reach 30% market Ukrainian energy by 2015.
The Austrian company Activ Solar, the project manager, recently opened an office in Odesa (megalopolis of Southern Ukraine), and stated its intention to continue its activities in the region. “A project of this magnitude stands for radical change in the development of solar energy in Europe, while strengthening the position of Ukraine as a supplier of renewable energy,” declared then Ertefai Kaveh, CEO of Solar Activ .
Ukraine presents a growing potential market for solar energy projects. Indeed, the solar radiation is between 800 and 1450 W / m² per year. The southern regions of the country have the greatest potential for solar energy production.
Finally, the solar PV market growth is mainly driven by the Ukrainian system of green tariff, which was approved by the State in September 2008. This system introduces fixed feed-in tariffs for electricity from renewable sources for a period of 20 years.