Last week, one of the regional governors of Ukraine has launched a pilot project in wind power (57.5 MW), a prelude to other green energy solutions in the country.

Speaker of the State Administration of Donetsk region has announced the installation of three of the 23 planned wind turbines was completed. Each unit has a capacity of 2.5 MW and the entire project should be completed by 2015. He said the wind farm will be launched in the Donetsk region of Ukraine this month and will begin producing its first kilowatts on February 19.

Ukraine is exploiting today that 0.2% of its wind power capacity. However, the Ukrainian energy strategy provides for an increase in alternative energy production up to 6%. Meanwhile, wind energy would provide 20% of the electricity consumed by Ukrainians, according to statements made by Dmytro Khmara, Radio Svoboda energy expert.

“Currently, about 60% of energy resources, mainly natural gas, the country is imported. Therefore, increasing the wind power generation will make the country more energy independent and politically,” said Dmytro Khmara.

Other developing countries also increase their capacity for wind energy. According to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), India has increased its capacity to 2.1 GW in 2010, Brazil to 326 MW, Mexico to 316 MW  and the states of North Africa such as Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia have added 213 MW to produce them.

Although Ukraine is a little late compared to EU countries for wind power produced so far it has made great progress in terms of wind installations, emerged ahead of Russia, Iceland and Switzerland, according to statistics provided by the European Wind Energy Association for the year 2010.

“Wind power is now expanding rapidly beyond the traditional markets of the” rich “, which is a clear indication of growing competitiveness,” said Steve Sawyer, Secretary General of the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).

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