ArmInfo. The energy sector is one of the dynamically developing areas of the Armenian economy. The Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan stated this on November 7 in the Armenian Talin, Aragatsotn region, where the largest solar power plant in Armenia with a capacity of 1 MW was launched.
According to the prime minister, the government attaches great importance to the diversification of this energy sector, promoting the implementation of various programs. In turn, as the Secretary General of the International Energy Charter Urban Rusnak noted, the opening of this station indicates a good investment climate that was created in Armenia in recent years. "According to our research, an institutional and regional base for working with international investors has been created in Armenia," Rusnak said.In his words, work is being done jointly with the Armenian government to ensure the continuity of the process to improve the investment climate. maintenance of a proper investment climate has already been formed, the matter is for the appropriate coordination of work both within state structures and with international investors.
"According to our estimates, Armenia is now capable of protecting investment. Meanwhile, it is more important to preserve these good conditions, since such projects are designed for decades, "Rusnak said. This is the launch of the largest solar power plant in Armenia in the city of Talin, Aragatsotna.The project was implemented thanks to a group of investors (Eduard Marutyan, Araik Karapetyan , Zaven Sargsyan and Hayk Chobanyan) and co-financed in the framework of the program "Renewable energy assistance" by the German bank KfW jointly with the German-Armenian Fund (GAF) through "Conversebank" CJSC. The volume of investments invested in the project, composition $ 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, which in turn will meet the needs of almost half the population of the city of Talin. 3700 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. 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 areas, two 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.