ArmInfo. The " Armenia Renewable Resources and Energy Efficiency Fund " together with the French company "Trans Energy" applied to the government of France and received a grant for the construction of the first floating solar station in the Republic of Armenia.
Director of the Fund Karen Asatryan stated this on May 7, presenting the plans of the field for 2021. According to Asatryan, within the framework of this project, "studies will be carried out to study the suitability of water resources for the construction of a floating solar station." The first floating solar power plant with an installed capacity of 151 kW will be built. The implementation of this project will become the next stage in the development of the solar energy sector, the expert noted. In general, according to him, by 2030 the volume of planned investments in the field of solar energy will reach $ 600 million, and in the field of wind energy - 500 million. At the same time, he found it difficult to indicate the amount of funds raised in the energy supply sector.
At the same time, Asatryan recalled that in 2017, a program on energy saving was launched in Armenia in the non-gasified communities of the republic. Thus, funds were allocated for the purchase of 3400 water heaters for 37 thousand households in 180 non-gasified communities. With funding from the Fund, solar power plants with a capacity of about 1 MW were installed. "It was decided to continue the program in other, even gasified communities of Armenia," he said.
Since 2016, Armenia has implemented a pilot energy saving program in about 180 public and state buildings. "Experience has shown that 50-60% efficiency can be ensured by energy saving measures," the head of the Fund said. The Fund received a grant of $ 1.7 million from the Eurasian Development Bank, which will be spent on thermal insulation works for 20 public buildings.