Development of Solar Energy To Reduce Dependency on Imported Gas and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Development of Solar Energy To Reduce Dependency on Imported Gas and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Solar energy has been rapidly developing in Armenia in recent years. Industrial-scale and autonomous solar plants with a total installed capacity of 500MW have already been built. Those stations produce about 10% of the electricity produced in Armenia at the moment, as RA Deputy Minister of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure Hakob Vardanyan said it during a workshop organized ahead of the 28th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) in Yerevan.

"Currently, 30% of electricity in Armenia is produced in thermal power plants, 30% in nuclear power plants, another 30% in hydroelectric power plants and almost 10% in solar plants," Hakob Vardanyan said. According to him, the process of installing solar autonomous and industrial-scale plants in Armenia is quite simplified.

According to Hakob Vardanyan, , the process of liberalization of the electricity market in Armenia has created an opportunity for the construction of industrial-scale plants in the market since February 1, 2022. "It also happens in a very simplified manner. Licenses for the construction of 170 MW plants have already been issued or are in the process of being issued. The state has done all this for one purpose, to reduce the dependence on imported gas, as well as to reach the targets set by the obligations related to emissions," he said.

Referring to the implementation of projects aimed at increasing the energy efficiency of buildings, Hakob Vardanyan noted, "Together with international partners, including the United Nations Development Program, as well as with the coordination of subsidy programs, energy-efficient reconstructions of multi-apartment buildings are being carried out. Currently, the state is implementing an interest subsidy program for energy efficient renovation loans. The state is also developing energy efficiency programs for public buildings. As of now, we will start an energy-efficient reconstruction program of government buildings.

November 08, 2023 at 17:47