The 150 kW capacity solar power system is just an early and very little step ahead in Armenia’s efforts to reach a 30% share of renewables in its electricity supply by 2025. (Photo Credit: Ministry of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources, Armenia)
- Armenia has commissioned a solar PV system with 150 kW capacity
- Located in Tavush Marz province, it is the largest solar power station of the region so far
- The PV system is estimated to generated up to 208,000 kWh of clean energy annually
- It uses locally produced solar panels from Solaron and has received financing from AGBA Leasing and Germany’s KfW Bank
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A 150 kW solar power station has been commissioned in Armenia. Even though small in capacity, it is the largest solar power station in Tavush Marz, a province in the northwest of the country. The PV system can generate up to 208,000 kWh of solar power annually despite being located in a zone that experiences heavy rainfall and humidity.
The Minister of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources of Armenia. Hayk Harutyunyan launched the PV system that has used locally produced solar panels from Solaron. The project has received financing from AGBA Leasing and Germany’s KfW Bank.
In October 2017, the country grid-connected its first ground mounted solar power system with 500 kW capacity in the city of Hrazdan in Makravan district (see Armenia Launched First PV Plant). The country is targeting to achieve a 30% share of renewables in its electricity supply by 2025.
Solar PV is part of its renewables strategy, helping the Eastern European country to improve energy security. In the next 4 years, Armenia with its population of 2.9 million aims to have 8% of its energy needs covered by renewables, according to the country’s ‘Energy Roadmap’, Minister Harutyunyan told French Press Agency AFP. Armenia’s potential capacity of solar energy production has been estimated at 3 GW, which would be not only enough for the country to meet domestic demand but even allow the country to become a net electricity exporter.
Armenia’s only nuclear power plant is nearing the end of its working life. Despite calls from the European Union to shut down this plant, the government has extended its operations until 2026 when it believes it will be able to fully replace this capacity with alternative energy, stated AFP. Armenia majorly relies on Russia to meet its power demand. Now, it is struggling to become free of it.
Armenia is currently working on a 55 MW PV tender for Masrik-1 project, which will be the country’s first commercial scale solar power plant (see 10 Companies Shortlisted For Armenia Tender).