Belgium provides 2.5m euros for solar panels in Ukraine
Belgium will provide 2.5 million euros for installing solar panels in Ukrainian hospitals, Energy minister Tinne Van der Straeten of Flemish green party Groen announced.
The panels will be installed with a battery system, allowing the hospitals to continue functioning during a power cut. Van der Straeten said decentralised energy production is also more difficult for Russia to switch off. The aim is to install the solar panels before winter.
"This structural energy aid will also help Ukraine in the long term with greening its energy system"
We are on the eve of a winter in which another major Russian attack on critical energy infrastructure is expected, Van der Straeten said. "This structural energy aid will also help Ukraine in the long term with greening its energy system."
Last summer, Belgium delivered 165 emergency generators to help Ukrainian families get through the winter.
Solar panels on a building of a public medical clinic in Horenka near Kyiv, Ukraine, May 2023 © PHOTO DOMINIKA ZARZYCKA/SIPA USA