On July 4, a high-level meeting was held, initiated by the Solar Energy Association of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Wind Energy Association, WindEurope and SolarPower Europe.
In the presence of Herman Galushchenko, Minister of Energy of Ukraine, EU representatives undertook to support Ukraine in its reconstruction and independence from Russian fossil fuel imports.
Thus, Kadri Simson, European Commissioner for Energy, confirmed the determination of the EU to support Ukraine – both during the ongoing war and during the reconstruction period. Thanks to the REPowerEU plan, the European Commission will end fossil fuel imports from Russia by 2027. Meanwhile, the EU is diversifying its energy supply, increasing the use of renewable energy sources and increasing energy efficiency.
Renewable energy sources should be the basis of the joint Strategic Reconstruction Plan. They are necessary for energy independence, prosperity and peace of post-war Ukraine.
Artem Semenyshyn, executive director of ASEU, noted during his speech:
“We see how solar energy supports the stability of the Ukrainian power grid. With the financial and political support of the international community, the reconstruction plan of Ukraine should be based on the principle of stability and flexibility. The mandatory program of installing solar panels on the roofs of houses will ensure the lowest costs and clean electricity for the citizens of Ukraine.”
Also the associations published a joint statement calling on the leaders of Ukraine and the EU to use RES in the post-war reconstruction of Ukraine, setting a goal of at least 50% renewable energy sources by 2030.