The Ukrainian Wind Energy Association sincerely congratulates its member company EuroCape Ukraine I with commissioning Phase I of the 500 MW onshore Zaporizhia Wind Park located in southeast Ukraine.
Construction of Phase I of the wind farm was successfully completed under challenging conditions and social distancing restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Phase 1 comprises 27 GE Renewable Energy 3.6 MW onshore wind turbines with a rotor diameter of 137 meters and a hub height of 110 meters. With an installed capacity of 98MW in Phase I, the wind farm has commenced operations and will generate enough clean energy to power more than 170,000 households.
Phase I was sponsored by LongWing Energy SCA, VLC Renewables Fund 1 (VLCR) and GE Energy Financial Services (GE EFS). Senior debt financing of US$ 150 million was provided by United States International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), the U.S. development bank, formerly Overseas Private Investment Corporation.
The wind farm will sell its power through a Power Purchase Agreement with the Ukrainian state enterprise Guaranteed Buyer at a set Feed-in Tariff. Upon full completion of up to a total of 500MW, the project is expected to be one of the largest onshore wind farms in Ukraine, powering approximately 780,000 homes and offsetting 4,860,000 tons of carbon emissions per year.
David Hunter, MD of the LongWing Energy Group said: “The LongWing Energy team is pleased to have reached the successful commissioning of Phase I of the Zaporizhia Wind Park project, after leading its development over the past seven years. This result justifies the substantial social and financial investment LongWing has made as a pioneer in the Ukraine renewable energy market, and validates LongWing’s business strategy as a Central and East European renewable energy IPP’.”
Sheri Hickok, President & CEO, Onshore Wind International, GE Renewable Energy, said: “Reaching commercial operations on the first phase of Zaporizhia Wind Park marks GE’s fourth wind farm project in Ukraine. We are proud to be supporting Ukraine’s drive towards renewable energy by supporting our customers with innovative onshore wind technology, delivering financing solutions that helps drive sustainable economic growth, and working in a way that keeps the safety of our teams front and center.”