The Government is considering a possibility to implement projects to generate solar energy in the zone of alienation and zone of unconditional (mandatory) resettlement, thereby contributing to leveraging new investment and strengthening energy security of the country. This was the topic for discussion during the meeting on May 22, under the chairmanship of Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman. The event was attended by heads of line ministries, State Agency of Ukraine on the Exclusion Zone Management, Ukrenerho, UkraineInvest (Ukraine Investment Promotion Office).
"We believe that it is crucial to create perfectly competitive conditions to ensure those companies having a desire to take part in these large-scale projects (for solar power generation), first, do this openly, publicly, using clear procedures and mechanisms for us to receive the best investments, to minimize any interference and do everything very competitively and transparently", said the Head of Government.
The participants of the meeting discussed approaches and challenges in the process of preparation for the implementation of projects for solar power generation and attracting investors.
"Clean energy is what we need, we must reduce our dependence on traditional sources. We have a possibility to install powerful equipment and produce electricity. We understand how to create infrastructure to generate it and distribute throughout the country”, stressed Volodymyr Groysman. “It implies investment and energy security of our country."
In turn, Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine Ostap Semerak said: "Our idea of turning the exclusion zone into a development zone and a key project in the renewable energy sector has long ceased to be a dream and become the working agenda for the Government of Ukraine. It is very important that Volodymyr Groysman encouraged to the process all stakeholders for the most effective and speedy implementation of the launch of a solar power station in the exclusion zone".