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1-megawatt solar photo-voltaic power plant in Vayots Dzor

8 July 2019

On 18 June a ground-breaking ceremony took place in Gladzor, Vayots Dzor marz. This was the opening of 1-megawatt solar photo-voltaic power plant, built through the EU-funded “Arevadzor – Enhancing SME Competitiveness through Promotion and Wider Use of Sustainable Innovative Technologies” PRDP project. The event was one of many EU initiatives on energy efficiency in EU Sustainable Energy Week in 2019 attended by the EU Ambassador, Piotr Świtalski, and the Deputy Minister of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure, Vache Terteryan.

Ambassador Świtalski highlighted the importance of the event: “This project is one of the most important ones within PRDP projects to boost regional development. It was launched in 2016, with a very important role for Deputy Minister Vache Terteryan. We used to call these projects ‘pilots’ but I believe they are more than simply pilots – they are good examples, they are something on which we should be building in the future. The EU’s commitment to regional development is strong and long term. We believe that investing in Vayots Dzor can produce new jobs and make this marz more attractive. The EU has been investing a lot of money in energy in Armenia, with a particular role to boosting energy efficiency and sovereignty”.

Deputy Minister Terteryan thanked the EU for its continued support: “It is a joyful occasion today. We attach so much importance to this PRDP project, as, besides new technologies, it helps to create a new culture, promoting regional development. This is also a great opportunity for public-private partnerships. With the support of the EU, we are implementing a number of projects on energy efficiency and alternative energy. This new culture is extending throughout the country”.

Energy efficiency and green energy are EU priorities for this sector for Armenia. It is one of the most effective tools to support the economy, while simultaneously combatting climate change. The “Arevadzor – Enhancing SME Competitiveness through Promotion and Wider Use of Sustainable Innovative Technologies” PRDP project was launched in 2016 with a total budget of €2,084,951, of which the EU contribution was €1, 500,000. The 34-month project aims to foster employment by improving competitiveness of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to make tourism a cornerstone of Vayots Dzor marz. The adoption of renewable energy is reaching its targets through several actions: the construction of a 1-megawatt solar photo-voltaic power plant; installation of 25 solar thermal panels in B&Bs and households through micro-grants; training and mentoring activities.

 

1-megawatt solar photo-voltaic power plant in Vayots Dzor

On 18 June a ground-breaking ceremony took place in Gladzor, Vayots Dzor marz. This was the opening of 1-megawatt solar photo-voltaic power plant, built through the EU-funded “Arevadzor – Enhancing SME Competitiveness through Promotion and Wider Use of Sustainable Innovative Technologies” PRDP project. The event was one of many EU initiatives on energy efficiency in EU Sustainable Energy Week in 2019 attended by the EU Ambassador, Piotr Świtalski, and the Deputy Minister of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure, Vache Terteryan. Ambassador Świtalski highlighted the importance of the event: “This project is one of the most important ones within PRDP projects to boost regional development. It was launched in 2016, with a very important role for Deputy Minister Vache Terteryan. We used to call these projects ‘pilots’ but I believe they are more than simply pilots – they are good examples, they are something on which we should be building in the future. The EU’s commitment to regional development is strong and long term. We believe that investing in Vayots Dzor can produce new jobs and make this marz more attractive. The EU has been investing a lot of money in energy in Armenia, with a particular role to boosting energy efficiency and sovereignty”. Deputy Minister Terteryan thanked the EU for its continued support: “It is a joyful occasion today. We attach so much importance to this PRDP project, as, besides new technologies, it helps to create a new culture, promoting regional development. This is also a great opportunity for public-private partnerships. With the support of the EU, we are implementing a number of projects on energy efficiency and alternative energy. This new culture is extending throughout the country”. Energy efficiency and green energy are EU priorities for this sector for Armenia. It is one of the most effective tools to support the economy, while simultaneously combatting climate change. The “Arevadzor – Enhancing SME Competitiveness through Promotion and Wider Use of Sustainable Innovative Technologies” PRDP project was launched in 2016 with a total budget of €2,084,951, of which the EU contribution was €1, 500,000. The 34-month project aims to foster employment by improving competitiveness of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to make tourism a cornerstone of Vayots Dzor marz. The adoption of renewable energy is reaching its targets through several actions: the construction of a 1-megawatt solar photo-voltaic power plant; installation of 25 solar thermal panels in B&Bs and households through micro-grants; training and mentoring activities.