ArmInfo. The launch of a solar power plant in Armenian Talin is a real symbol of cooperation between the Armenian government, Armenian institutions and the German- Armenian Fund (GAF) and the German bank KfW. The project will also pioneer the development of solar energy in Armenia - currently KfW provides funding for 6-7 analogous stations.
On November 7, Vice- Ambassador of Germany to Armenia Klaus Wendelberger stated this during the launch of the Talin-1 solar power station in the city of the same name, with a nominal capacity of 1 MW.
As the deputy head of the German diplomatic mission in Armenia noted, renewable energy in Armenia, as well as all over the world, is of great importance for ensuring sustainable development and preservation of the environment. It is also competitive in price-quality ratio, noted Klaus Wendelberger.
The Vice-Ambassador noted the efficiency with which the Armenian authorities prepared the legislative field and institutional framework for the consistent development of renewable energy in the republic. "It is extremely surprised and delighted that the solar power plant of this level has become a reality ahead of schedule, an indicator that such infrastructural projects in Armenia can be implemented in record time," he said.
In Armenian Talin, Aragatsotn region on November 7, the largest solar power plant in Armenia was launched. The project was implemented thanks to a group of investors (Eduard Marutyan, Araik Karapetyan, Zaven Sargsyan and Hayk Chobanyan) and co-financed under the "Renewable Energy Promotion" program by the German bank KfW jointly with the German-Armenian Fund (GAF) through "Conversbank" CJSC. The volume of investments invested in the project amounted to $ 1 million. The power plant covers an area of 1,800 square meters, and its nominal capacity reaches 1 MW, which is enough to provide electricity to 400 families. The park consists of 3,700 polycrystalline solar cells that convert solar radiation into direct current electricity. After that, it enters 14 inverters, which convert it into alternating current. With the help of a transformer substation, the voltage is brought to the level necessary for transmission of electricity to a single network. The project was implemented in a very short time - up to one month: the start was given on October 18, the engineering work took 20 days.
According to the investment program approved by the government of the country, it is planned to build solar stations in Armenia at 6 sites with a total installed capacity of up to 110 MW. At the first stage, a site near the "Masrik" community was chosen, where a solar station with a capacity of 55 MW will be built. The total cost of the program for the construction of solar power plants in Armenia is $ 129 million. Of the six surveyed regions, the Spanish consulting company Aries Engineering has already submitted feasibility studies. They relate to the localities of "Masrik" in Gegharkunik region and "Dashtadem" in Aragatsotn region, studies on the remaining four localities continue. One of the main conditions of the contest will be the tariff offered by investors. The advantage will be the company that offers the minimum tariff. The climate investment fund for the development of alternative energy provided Armenia $ 28 million, of which $ 2 million - a grant and $ 26 million - a loan. The loan terms are soft - 0.25% per annum with a maturity of 40 years and a grace period for payments in the first 20 years. Grant to study the localities, develop a feasibility study for the project, calculated at a station of 100-120 MW capacity.