ArmInfo. In Yerevan on June 29, the official launch of SolarOn, the first factory in Armenia to produce solar panels, will be held. According to the press release, the company has been working in the test mode since spring of this year and has already implemented a series of projects for the installation of solar stations for industrial and residential facilities. Solar mini power plants are already installed in the center of Yerevan, on the roof of a residential high-rise building.
The solar potential of Armenia according to open data of NASA is one of the highest in the region and is 1760 - 1800 kWh / m? a year. Such conditions are sufficient to ensure a high level of output solar energy and repay the cost of installation of solar power plants for 5-7 years. This means that if the service life of the panels is 30 years, the owner of the mini-station will not pay for the used electricity for almost 25 years.
According to the SolarOn Company founder Arthur Alaverdyan, the development of solar energy is of strategic importance for Armenia, as it is able to solve the problem of energy dependence and to cancel the cost of electricity for consumers. "I, as a scientist and businessman, see my mission in the development of Armenia in attracting and implementing high technologies, especially technologies that solve the most acute problems for every resident, business and Armenia as a whole. I am sure that SolarOn will become a catalyst for the development of the industry, and our experience will serve as an example for many other investors, " Arthur Alaverdyan said.
Initial investment in SolarOn amounted almost $ 2 million. According to Alaverdyan, as the market develops, the volume of investments will increase for several times, while the cost of solar panels produced in Armenia will gradually decrease. Today, a solar mini-station with a capacity of 1.5 kW, capable of covering about 200 kWh per month, will cost the buyers 1.5-1.7 thousand dollars.
According to the SolarOn company founder, the project has already interested banks, with the offer of leasing for industrial customers and individuals. However, the producers of solar panels are not going to stop only in the Armenian market. The company plans to quickly bring the Armenian brand to neighboring countries and Europe.
To note, According to the Government program, to implement solar energy development program, it is planned to sum up the tender for the implementation of the project for the construction of a solar photovoltaic station Masrik with a peak installed capacity of 55 MW before the end of 2018. According to ArmInfo, the total amount of investments in this generation facility will be $ 65-70 million. 50 companies participate in the contest. To implement the same general program for the development of solar energy, which provides for the creation up to 2020 of several stations with a total installed capacity of 110 MW, the government envisaged to attract $ 129 million.
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