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Ukraine,Norway and Colombia, 3 promising solar market we should focus on in 2017

Release:2017/03/09 Company News


The Norwegian solar developer is considering the construction of two PV plants totalling 60 MW in Ukraine.


The Ukrainian government is seeking to increase the share of renewable energy in the country’s electricity mix to up to 11 per cent by 2020. According to CISOLAR, the country’s installed capacity reached 568 MW last year. For 2017, 54 new solar projects with a total capacity of 460 MW are planned to be implemented, enabling the country to exceed 1 GW of installed PV capacity.


Norwegian solar market sees the light with 366% growth in 2016


Around 11 MW of new PV capacity was installed last year in Norway. The volume of new installations grew by 366% compared to 2015. This growth was mainly driven by the country’s regulation for self-consumption and the green certificate scheme.


last year’s development was mainly due to the fact that issues related to the uncertainty over the rules on self-consumption and green electricity certificates were solved at the beginning of 2016. At the time, the Norwegian government said that all solar PV generation would be eligible for green electricity certificates, together with the “Plus Customer” self-consumption scheme.


Under the revised “Plus Customer” scheme (Plusskundeordningen), power utilities will be forced to buy power from PV system operators, while prior to 2016 the scheme was voluntary and power providers could decide if to offer to pay the PV system operators or not.


MW-sized PV projects can now also gain financial income from the incentive for new renewable production, Renewable Energy Certifiates, RECS (Elsertifikater). “In 2015, there was uncertainty because the country’s grid operator proposed that only surplus PV-power exported to the grid should receive RECS. However, in late 2015 the Parliament concluded that the total electricity production from PV-plants shall be granted RECS.”


Colombia issues legislation for self-consumption


Colombia’s electricity demand is mostly covered by hydropower plants. The local government, however, aims at diversifying its energy mix with more solar and renewables from small power systems. The Colombian government has published the decree that regulates the installation of renewable energy and solar power systems for self-consumption. The new regulation, which applies to systems up to 100 kW, simplifies the procedures for grid-connection and sale of excess power.