On 14 - 16 November 2017, a delegation from the Republic of Belarus visited Ukraine to explore the Ukraine's experience in renewable energy development within the framework of the international technical assistance project “Removing Barriers to Wind Energy Development in the Republic of Belarus”. The organizer of the visit from the Ukrainian side was the Ukrainian Wind Energy Association.
The head of the departments of the Belarusian Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus, the representatives of the Bеlenergo, regional councils visited one of the largest European wind power plants - Botievskaya WPP and two solar power plants Tokmak Solar Energy.
Belarusian experts had meetings with Olga Buslavets, head of the Energy Complex Department of Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine, Yuriy Shafarenko, head of RES and Alternative Fuels department of the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation of Ukraine, Vitaliy Sevostyanov, technical director of Managing Company "Wind Parks of Ukraine". A seminar “Conducting monitoring of seasonal ornithological and natural complexes at the wind power plant. Case: Botievskaya WPP” was conducted by Valeriy Siokhin and Petro Gorlov from the Ukrainian Scientific and Research Institute “Biodiversity”.
Marina Belous, head of the program "Removing barriers to Wind Energy Development in the Republic of Belarus" said: “Ukraine is the country which experience we should study first. Our conditions are very similar. In the former Soviet Union there was a unified energy system that was inherited by both Ukraine and Belarus. Ukraine has a developed nuclear power sector, and now in Belarus we have started to develop nuclear energy as well. We have been greatly impressed by your attention to such issues as environmental protection, environmental impact assessment. Grid connection regulation and other issues that Ukrainian energy sector is trying to solve today is the experience that is very useful for the Republic of Belarus. No language barriers make our cooperation even more valuable and meaningful for us”.
The project “Removing Barriers to Wind Energy Development in the Republic of Belarus” was approved by the Resolution of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus on 18 December 2014. The donors of the project include the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Implementing organization - UNDP. Term of implementation: 2015-2019.