YEREVAN, November 12. /ARКА/. A favorable legislation and climatic conditions of Armenia has led to a rapid development of solar energy, Karen Asatryan, the head of the Renewable Resources and Energy Saving Fund, told a news conference today.
According to him, over the past 2-3 years, 39 licenses for the construction of solar power plants with a capacity of up to 5 MW each have been granted. Their total capacity is 110 MW.
He said 10 solar power plants with a total capacity of 8 MW have already been commissioned and over the next 2 years, the total capacity of existing small solar power plants is supposed to reach 220 MW. He said the legislation facilitates the possibility of using solar electricity for both legal entities and individuals (for their own needs).
He said individuals can apply for permission to build solar plants with the capacity of up to 150 kW, and legal entities up to 500 kW.
Asatryan said that in 2015, the Fund, with the assistance of the World Bank, launched a program for the development of solar energy.
“Six favorable zones for construction of solar power plants were selected for which feasibility studies were developed. In one of them a 55 MW solar power station is to be built,” he said.
“We plan to announce a tender and attract investors to develop the remaining five zones,” he said. Asatryan added that Armenia has on average 300 sunny days a year, twice higher than the average European figure.