ArmInfo. Solar plants construction projects speeding up in Armenia. This month a construction of third unit of solar power generation started in Armenia. According to the suggestion of Ministry of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources of Armenia the Public Services Regulating Commission has set earlier a new tariff for up to 1 mWt solar power generating , capsulationg a field of activity for private investors.
" After that the interest to the projects in solar energy sector essentially increased," Hayk Haroutyunyan, the Deputy Minister of Energy infrastructures and natural resources says. Following Haroutyunyan in recent months a construction of three power plants started, and those number is expected to increase. At that, the volume of investments needed for the construction of 1 plant, is equal to approximately USD 1 mln.
The interest to construction of solar power plants in Armenia is expressed both by internal and external investors. According to Haroutyunayn, recently design and preparation works have started in respect to the construction of another sola power generation unit in Vayots Dzor. . Earlier in his conversation with ArmInfo reporter the Deputy Minister stated that currently the process of prequalification criteria is under development is close to completion. In late January of this year within the framework of investment forum different companies presented their positions in respect to this issue. Based on the results of discussion a roster of criteria was capsulated and is subject to be reflected in the tender reference. Harutyunyan mentioned that more than 40 foreign companies expressed interest in participation in the tender mentioned. "But our goal is to get involved in the tender procedure only high skilled teams and highly qualified companies. The companies having no appropriate performance history, should be excluded from the tender. Within the project we want to obtain a modern, technically fully equipped plant. And we do not need companies with suspicious performance history, which will present their proposals, but after may avoid observing the liabilities undertaken," the Deputy Minister stated adding that only those companies passed the prequalification stage will be allowed to participate in the tender.
To note, the Spanish company of Acciona, the worldwide leader of the renewable energy production, is intended to invest this year about EUR 600-700 mln in the construction of energy parks. The management of the company estimates to invest the same volumes in the projects of alternative electric power annually until the year of 2020. The total volumes of investments estimated for the current period forms EUR 3,5 bln, EUR 2 bln of which will be allocated for the construction of units located out of Spain. " We have studied proposals from more than 100 countries of the world, interested in solar and wind plants construction. Now we have to choose projects that will be priorities for us," Jose Manuel Entrecanales, the President of Acciona Company said at the meeting of shareholders
To remind, within the forum investment package on development of solar energy in Armenia will be presented to foreign companies. Considering drop of world prices on production of equipment for solar power plants the Armenian authorities are sure that it will be possible to produce electricity on acceptable tariff.