ArmInfo. The Armenian government donated a land plot of 97 hectares in the territory of Metz Masrik to the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Fund.
According to the Minister, for this, following a long work with the Ministry of Finance of Armenia, a very interesting mechanism was developed - the land plot is transferred to the owner free of charge, but the amount at the rate of its cadastral value will be sent by the organization to solve social problems and the development of the community Mets Masrik. At the same time, if at some stage an unauthorized use of the land plot is detected by the owner, the state, within the framework of the transfer act to the contract, is given the right to regain land, while not compensating the spent current expenses of its owner. "The mechanism is quite effective, as it contributes not only to the solution of the social tasks of the community, but also to monitor the targeted use of the land plot," Manukyan said.
As the head of the Ministry of Energy stressed, in addition to the construction of the solar power station Masrik-1, the ministry is implementing other activities aimed at developing solar energy. At this stage, the estimate of the first cumulative station is being prepared, design work is being carried out. The work is planned to be completed in April this year. These two projects, as indicated by the minister, will allow us to outline the main, real ways of developing solar energy in Armenia.
Speaking about the results of the work done, Ashot Manukyan said that 11 licenses for the construction of stations with a capacity of up to 1 MW have been granted to date, and a 55 MW power station in Masrik is planned. In general, over the next 1-1.5 years it is planned to increase the total capacity of solar power plants to 75 MW.