ArmInfo. ACCESS Energy company works on learning the potential of wind energy of Armenia, Hayk Badalyan, Armenian Head of the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure and Natural Resources Department stated during his interview to ArmInfo.
According to him, the researches, which will last three years, will be held in Gegharkunik district of the republic, where wind energy plant is scheduled to be built with power of 200MW. According to the results of the researches, during which potential of the wind is learned, a decision will be taken on final power of the plant and extents of the investments. Investment program will be presented, which will be adopted by the Government after discussion.
To note, in 2003, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) of the United States compiled a map of wind-Energy potential of Armenia, according to which the economically sound wind potential is estimated at 450 MW of total installed capacity with the generation of electricity of 1.26 billion kWh / year.
The main prospective areas are: the Zod River Pass, the Bazum Mountains: Pushkinsky and Karakhachsky passes, the Djajur Pass, the Geghama Mountain Massif, the Sevan Pass, the Aparan District, the High Mountain Massif between the Sisian and Goris Districts, and the Meghri District. Sanders and Partners, with the support of the German bank KfW, in 2012, a computer model program for estimating wind potential in the territory of Armenia was prepared and submitted to the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Armenia. The program is a database evaluating the wind potential covering the territory of Armenia from 1981 to 2011.