Serhiy Tolstihin with his ladylove Yulia Mazur went to a cycle-travel over Europe to find out how green power is used in Europe’s 22 countries and tell Europeans about Ukraine. They have been riding green transport for 80 days – it was bicycles – over green tourism routes, and on the way over they explored the renewables in those countries.
During the journey, travelers have used only solar power to charge their electronic gadgets. For this purpose, they brought a special bicycle trailer equipped with a pv module.
During meetings and lectures in each country, Serhiy and Yulia met eco-activists, renewable industry members and Ukrainian diaspora. They told them about Ukrainians’ choice to use renewable power, appealed for cooperation and investment into Ukrainian solar power projects, and discovered the experience of Europeans in renewables development. Travelers put into effect their new experience to develop civil society, renewable power industry and green tourism in Ukraine.
“When we got acquainted with Serhiy Tolstihin, we understood at once that he goes towards the sun like we do. His journey aims to explore renewables condition in European countries, and he also reveals a story about Ukraine that strives for the same future that other European countries do – 100% renewable generation. Of course we became friends and supported Serhiy ’s great idea with pleasure” – Ivan Vekirchyk, KNESS Co-Founder.
When there is a goal – opportunities appear by themselves – this KNESS belief is truly shared by company’s friend Dmytro Venslavovskyi. Together with 3 friends from alpinism team he decided to climb 8 thousand meters on Karakoram Range, one of the highest mountain systems of the Earth!
It was a clear decision for KNESS to support the expedition as Dmytro does almost the same that the group of companies does. Climbing the top of 100% renewable power for Ukraine is the same challenge, but when there is a goal – opportunities appear!
KNESS activity and alpinism are very similar. Both of them go towards the Sun. Start creating solar power industry is as hard as reaching top of mountains.
We all go up. Step by step, persistently, dealing with obstacles. Way to the Sun is always complicate, but it is important for people and for the whole county to pass it!
Expedition “Closer to the Sun” lasted for 50 days, and the country followed the journey full of adventures, dangers and complicated decisions on KNESS Facebook page.
Dmytro Venslavovskyi: “Solar technologies seem to have been supporting us over the whole pathway to Karakoram Range. As soon as human goods were over, we started taking power from portable pv panels that are an indispensable item of expedition equipment”
Ukraine national team consisting of four alpinists finished with success their breathtaking expedition – reaching the top of the mountain height over 8000 m! This story is about insistence, dream and opportunities.
The most popular European singing competition became the site that a famous Ukrainian singer, Eurovision-2004 winner, Ruslana Lyzhychko used for appealing to Europeans. During her solo recital in Eurovision Village that took place before Eurovision 2018 final, the singer announced KNESS message - “Abilities are here” and called everyone to pass to renewable power.
Serhiy Shakalov, KNESS Group CEO:
“Together with Ruslana we have a common idea – power should be safe, available and spare. Besides vigorous songs, an important message from Ukraine to Europe sounded from Eurovision stage: we have the ambitious goal to pass to 100% renewable power. The more people believe in 100% renewable and start thinking and acting towards this direction, the faster this goal will be reached”.
“My activity is not limited by solely appeals, – Ruslana says. – I support and take part in our partner KNESS group of companies initiative – foundation of educational project “ABILITIES ARE HERE”. If Ukraine’s leader in constructing solar power plants believes in possibility of Ukraine to pass to 100% renewable power – we have no reasons for doubt, it’s truly real!”