ArmInfo. The official opening ceremony of the first SolarOn solar panel production in Armenia took place in the presence of the Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan and the Minister of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources Ashot Manukyan.
Ashot Manukyan said at the ceremony, despite the small production volumes (maximum capacity of 1.3 MW per year - Ed.), The creation and operation of this production is valuable from the point of view of creating of own technological base, which will later become the basis for developing own scientific - Technical developments. "Some three months ago at the meeting in Moscow with the co-founder of the enterprise Arthur Alaverdyan we worked out the issue of creating this production, but I reacted with some skepticism, not really believing that such a plant can be created in three months. Now I admit that I was wrong and very glad that my fears were groundless, and investors' plans turned out to be very real," the minister stressed. He noted that Armenia will soon have its first major solar station (Masrik - Ed.). This is a fact that can be considered as a natural continuation of the industry development trend by the example of SolarOn. He informed that the Ministry had already issued licenses for the production of solar energy with a total capacity of 9.5 MW of electricity, which indicates the presence of a large backlog in the field and that SolarOn will be provided with orders for at least a year.
To recall, the total investment in the creation of production of SolarOn was about $ 2 million. The enterprise produces polycrystalline and monocrystalline solar panels, offers ready-made technical solutions for solar parks and small stations, from design to commissioning. The enterprise takes full warranty and post-warranty service. In the future - obtaining an international certificate, access to foreign markets, development of special IT applications for monitoring systems.
According to Alaverdyan, as the market develops, the volume of investments will increase 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 USD.