ArmInfo. In 2016, in Armenia energy saving technologies implementation sharply increased.
Summarizing the results of 2016, Hayk Haroutyunyan, the Depity Minister of Energy and Natural Resources mentioned that in 2016 the import of LED energy saving lamps to Armenia has increased 20 times. Particularly, versus 76 000 lamps delivered to Arm,enian market in 2015, this year the imported quantity formed 1,550 mln. The import of photo voltage panels necessary for solar batteries, also increased in 3-4 times. The same situation is observed also in respect to solar heaters.
"I am sure next year these indicators will also increase," the Deputy Minister accentuated, adding that this confidence is based on the contacts with private sector representatives. For instance, Grand Sport Company in intended to install a solar heating system, which will be the largest not only ion Armenia, but also inb whole the region, " Haroutyunyan accentuated.
Earlier in his interview to ArmInfo Hayk Harutyunyan stated that for implementation of this project is is important to have a large area for balancing the production and consumption, to decrease a negative impact of the varying energy. Along with the development of the network the tariffs will be also revised. The second stage will be the construction of a larger solar plant. This process was launched in 2014 but active work has started recently. Climate Investment Fund for Development of Alternative Energy has provided $28 mln to Armenia, from which $2 mln are grant funds and $26 loan. The loan terms are quite soft-0.25% annual interest rate with 40 years term and 20 years of grace period. The grant funds are used for studying the locations, developing feasibility study of the project for building stations with 100-120 MW capacity. Relevant framework is being prepared including legal and normative acts, assessment of influence on nature. Currently 6 projects have been developed, which will be put to tender. The winner will be the one who offers the lowest tariff. Sub-loan agreement will be signed with the winner. The tender will be announced in the beginning of the next year.