Armenia Official: 100MW-Capacity Solar Power Stations Will Be Built In Country, By 2020
All ongoing projects in Armenia' energy sector are aimed at raising the level of energy security, reliability, and independence.
The Minister of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources, Artur Grigoryan, stated the aforesaid at Wednesday's press conference to sum up the results of the first 100 days of his tenure in this capacity.
In his words, development of alternative energy is important to Armenia, and renewable energy is considered a priority and has a major strategic importance for the country.
The minister added that it was decided to carry out a solar energy development program in Armenia, so that 100MW-capacity solar power stations would be built in the country, until January 1, 2020.
Grigoryan noted that there is also an arrangement with respect to wind power development in Armenia.
About Solar Energy in the Country
Armenia has a significant solar energy potential. The average annual amount of solar energy flow per square meter of horizontal surface is about 1720 kWxh (the average European is 1000 kWxh). One fourth of the country's territory is endowed with solar energy resources of 1850 kWxh/m2/year.
Solar Thermal Energy
In August 2017 an "Energy Efficiency" program started in ungasified communities of Armenia, in the framework of which 298 solar water heaters and 8 solar PV systems were installed as of 12.02.2018. Currently, the possibility of implementing any program in forest communities is also being considered. Though it is already clear that additional measures are necessary to meet the demands.