Ukraine loses up to 90% of wind, solar energy amid Russia’s invasion, says minister
Ukrainian Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko (Photo:President.gov.ua)
Ukraine has lost up to 90% of wind and about 40-50% of solar energy due to Russia’s full-scale invasion of the country, Ukrainian Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko told the We – Ukraine YouTube channel on Oct. 23.
“Green energy is probably the most affected industry since its main part is in the south,” he said.
“We’ve already lost about 90% of wind and about 40-50% of solar energy. And this is definitely a huge loss.”
Halushchenko added Ukraine saw a rapid growth of green energy in 2019 and 2020. Accordingly, its share in Ukraine’s energy system was about 10-11%.
“We had a strategy that provided for at least a 25% share of green energy in Ukraine by 2030,” the minister said.
“I believe we may revise it and increase the percentage after our victory, taking into account the destruction caused by Russia.”
Earlier Ukraine’s electricity transmission system operator Ukrenergo said the scale of damage from the attacks on energy facilities on the morning of Oct. 22 was on par with or might exceed the consequences of Russian missile attacks on Oct. 10-12.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has warned that Russian strikes had already destroyed up to 30% of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure.
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