ArmInfo. The Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan called the customers to use the solar energy possibilities actively. On his Facebook page, the Armenian Premier called everyone to set at their houses and use in business solar panels. "We created such conditions when it would be senseless no to use solar energy. This year, the Government works in multiple directions to reach unprecedented growth in the given sector", Karen Karapetyan wrote.
As ArmInfo reported earlier, On November 23, in a press conference in Yerevan, the Deputy Minister of Energetic Infrastructures and Natural Resources of Armenia Hayk Harutyunyan noted that Armenia is planning to modify a complex program on small and macro stations popularization. According to him, there is a lot done to stimulate the sector. However, as Harutyunyan stated, at the current stage, there is a need of an accurate program on setting solar panels on every roof in Yerevan. "The Government's purpose is the electricity production the places of consumption", stated Harutyunyan. As the Energy Ministry official considers, in the implementation of the given program, the citizens' awareness is not less important, "so that everybody knew that there is already no reason not to put solar panels by today". "We are working to create conditions when a family which has an own house would consider logic to set solar panels on own roof", said the Deputy Minister. He presented the effectiveness of solar panel set on his own example. "I set such a technology on my roof and produce electricity on my own for 2.5 months by now", he said. According to him, he bought the solar panels by Leasing, and the sum he had to pay for monthly electricity consumption, he pays for Leasing. As Harutyunyan stated, at the current stage, there are 10 solar panel importers by now, and also a number of available credit resources, by the usage of which the panel set will not be hard for the families. The payback period of these panels in the middle, as the Deputy Minister said, is from 6 to 10 years.
As the Deputy Minister explained, the average monthly family consumption is 200-250 kWh. The annual rate is up to 2,400 kW/h. For 2400 kw/h requires a solar panel capacity of 1.5 kW. The cost of such a power panel ranges from $ 1,000. The price fluctuates all the time - in recent months has decreased by 20-25%. As the deputy minister said, the main advantage of the program is that there is no need to buy an extra battery as CJSC "Electric Networks of Armenia" is obliged to buy electricity produced by households. Thus, he said, the electricity generated during the day is given to the storage network, and the night is taken back. "That is, the network is a free battery for you. This is important since the introduction of the battery makes the installation of solar panels more expensive by 50%", said Harutyunyan.