0.5–1 MW small boiler plants are located mainly in small towns. The facilities run on biofuels and supply heating to kindergartens, schools and hospitals.
The main advantage of such boiler plants is that they use local fuels, which usually cost less than gas. Consequently, local authorities spend fewer funds on heating and allocate more resources to their expenditures. Moreover, biofuels provoke the reduction of the consumption of imported gas. Overall, boiler plants of Ukrteplo replaced over 9 million cubic meters of gas in the previous heating season. This led to saving at least 38 million hryvnias from the Ukrainian budget. This sum could have gone on imported fuel but instead remained within the country and served for the domestic economy.
According to the founder of the Group of Companies Ukrteplo, Ivan Nadein, the company is currently implementing ambitious projects in renewable energy. It is completing the construction of a 5.9 MW Bio-TPP in Ovruch (Zhytomyr region) and is building an 8.6 MW Bio-TPP in Tokmak (Zaporizhia region).
Moreover, in the fall of 2019, Ukrteplo launched new facilities, such as a 4.2 MW solar power plant in Vinnytsia region and a 2.7 MW biogas plant in Mariupol.
“We are also keeping biofuel boiler plants in our project portfolio because that was our starting point in 2011. These facilities currently serve an important social impact along with the commercial function,” mentioned Ivan Nadein.
The Group of Companies Ukrteplo is one of the market leaders of renewable energy in Ukraine. The company was founded in 2011 and since then successfully implemented over 1 000 projects in 14 regions of Ukraine. The company`s staff is over 1 400 employees. Priority areas of activities: heat production from renewable sources; electricity production from renewable sources (biogas, the sun, hydro); energy plant cultivation.