Ukraine: Vitaliy Daviy, CEO of emerging IB Centre Inc. shares his opinion on clean energy in the Ukraine
Vitaliy Daviy is the CEO of emerging markets focussed cleantech organization IB Centre Inc. and holds shares his view on how the energy system in the Ukraine changes since the invasion and how roof-top PV and decentralised renewable energy sources are most likely to withstand a war.
After Ukraine’s vast progress in renewable energy, nearly all new projects have been frozen. The the industry can implement just a few commercial and residential self-consumption projects in the West of Ukraine. In the previous year it had ranked among the world's top 20 countries with the largest solar energy fleet, with a total installed capacity of 7.7 GW. Large ground-mounted solar power plants took a large share with 6.2 GW of installed capacity, while installations on commercial and residential buildings reached 1.5 GW.
What Vitaliy Daviy especially stresses in his interview is, the occurrence of a Russian tank that shelled Europe's largest nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhy and Russian troops disrupted the shelter at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant for nearly a month. This makes it clear to him that every such facility is a time bomb. Every nuclear power plant is a vast nuclear warhead that could be blown up.
Further he speaks about Europe's dependence on Russian gas and oil and how many European companies that own solar power plants in Ukraine have abandoned their operating facilities at random, ceasing to pay Ukrainian companies that provide service and protection of stations. During two months of war in Ukraine, about 30-40% of solar power plants have been destroyed.
In Vitaliy Daviy’s opinon home solar power plants are the basis of energy security in war conditions. Due to shell damage, many Ukrainian settlements have been without electricity for several weeks. The only energy source was home solar power, which helped sustain life and save many lives.