Ukraine’s energy giant DTEK and Danish company Vestas, the world’s leading wind turbine producer, will build a wind farm in the Tylihul estuary in Mykolaiv Oblast, 460 kilometers south of Kyiv.
The so-called Tiligulska wind power plant will start operating in 2022 with a total capacity of 564 megawatts, DTEK Renewables, the conglomerate’s green energy business, reported on March 1.
Upon completion, the 180-meter turbines will become the tallest structures built after the country’s independence, even taller than the famous Duga radar in Chornobyl.
Green tariff cuts and the government’s $1-billion debt to producers of green energy have deterred many investors in Ukraine’s renewables in 2020 but not DTEK — it continues to invest heavily in green power, aiming to become carbon neutral by 2040.
The Ukrainian government is obliged to buy all the green energy produced in the country at a fixed, euro-denominated rate. In 2020, during the coronavirus crisis, it could afford to fully pay only for about 50% of the green power.
In 2020, coal and combined-cycle power plants generated about a third of Ukraine’s total energy, while renewable energy sources, including wind and solar power and excluding hydropower, secured 8.1% of the total electricity generated in Ukraine, according to the Energy Ministry. Ukraine’s goal is to produce 25% of its energy from renewable sources by 2035.