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Ukraine launches 660 MW of new green capacity during the war

Katerina Belousova

In 2023, wind and solar power plants generated 10% of all energy

Over 660 MW of new renewable energy capacity was put into operation in Ukraine during the 2022-2023 war years.

In 2022, 312 MW of solar, wind, biogas, and small hydroelectric capacities were launched, and in 2023 – 350 MW, the Ministry of Energy reports on Facebook.

"For Ukraine, the development of clean energy is one of the key factors in ensuring energy independence and energy security, especially in the conditions of Russian military aggression," emphasized Energy Minister Herman Galushchenko.

He noted that due to the full-scale invasion, Ukraine lost 80% of its wind power plants and 20% of its solar power plants. Despite this, the share of RES in the energy mix remains significant – in 2023, about 10% of electricity was generated by WPPs and SPPs. Taking into account the capacities of large hydropower plants, the share of low-carbon energy reached 20.3%, which is more than in the pre-war period.

"The Energy Strategy of Ukraine, adopted last year, provides that we will continue to pursue clean energy production. Already in 2030, the share of RES in the energy balance should be at least 25%, and by 2050, Ukraine should achieve climate neutrality," Galushchenko said. .

He added that currently the Ukrainian nuclear industry produces more than 55% of electricity, in particular, in 2023, nuclear power plants produced 10% more electricity than forecast. Ukraine's energy strategy envisages the construction of 9 new nuclear units. Construction on four is likely to begin in 2024.

Earlier, EcoPolitic wrote, that the head of the board of the Ukrainian Wind Energy Association (UVEA) Andriy Konechenkov said that during the full-scale war in Ukraine, three wind power plants with a total capacity of 228.5 MW were put into operation.

As EcoPolitic previously reported, the Cabinet of Ministers approved it in May 2023 Energy strategy of Ukraine to 2050, which reflects the goals of the European Green Deal and the achievement of carbon neutrality of the energy sector by 2050.

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