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On 7 July, the first solar-powered bus stops were tested in Yerevan on Moskovyan Street and Baghramyan Avenue as part of EU Energy Days 2017. The European Union Delegation to Armenia has initiated the installation of solar panels at two bus stops to promote the use of renewable energy, allowing people to charge their digital phones and other gadgets with free solar energy. Each solar-powered bus stop can charge up to 24 phones daily.
During EU Energy Days 2017 a series of events took place from 3-7 July 2017 in Yerevan and the marzes to highlight energy reforms supported by the EU as well as showcase developments and perspectives for fostering renewable, alternative and sustainable energy practices in Armenia.

ARS_4842The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, attended the event and tested the bus stop: ‘The EU is promoting cheaper, cleaner energy for Armenians and is helping to develop more energy independence. Today we have gathered at this ‘Europe Bus stop’, where we are promoting solar energy for ordinary Armenians. Solar panels are installed on the roof and people can charge phones or whatever else they are carrying which needs electricity. The solar panels will stay here for hopefully one year; later we plan to pass these panels on to institutions like schools. Why are we promoting solar energy? The answer is evident, we barely have to answer it. Armenia is full of sun, it has some of the sunniest days in the world – solar energy should be a natural choice for the country. We have some projects in the Armenian marzes and want to promote different sources of renewable, alternative and sustainable energy. I am optimistic that Armenians will follow us and will embrace these new technologies’.

ARS_4909The European Union has extended long-term assistance to increasing Armenia’s energy efficiency locally, regionally and nationally. Armenia joined the Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership (E5P) agreement in March 2016. This has allowed Armenia to access grant funds of €20 million targeted at municipal energy efficiency and environmental projects. The EU-funded ‘Caucasus Transmission Network’ project will facilitate cross-border energy exchange between Armenia and Georgia through a HVDC/back-to-back station. The project will diversify the energy supply in Armenia and integrate it on the regional level. The ‘Access to Renewable and Efficient Energy’ project in the municipalities of Vayk and Spitak aims to save 15-30% of energy used in 45 residential and 2 public buildings. The project will reduce CO2 emissions, increase awareness and knowledge of tenants on the importance of energy efficiency, and increase the capacity of Spitak and Vayk municipalities to implement sustainable energy projects.

The implementation of the EU-funded project called “Access to renewable and efficient energy in the municipalities of Vayk and Spitak” began in March 2015. The aim of the project is to support the Spitak and Vayk municipalities develop and test replicable models to save energy through the use of efficient measures and renewable sources in residential and public buildings. These models will be incorporated into their sustainable energy action plans required under the Covenant of Mayors. The Covenant of Mayors is a European cooperation movement involving local and regional authorities. Signatories voluntarily commit to increasing energy efficiency and using of renewable energy sources on their territories.
A knowledge-sharing forum in the framework of the project was organised on 17 May by Habitat for Humanity Armenia foundation in cooperation with the Spitak municipality. The forum was also part of the Europe Day Information Week organised by the EU Delegation to Armenia. http://www.europeday.am/
Traian Hristea, Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, together with Katie Leach, the Ambassador of the Great Britain to Armenia, and Hayk Harutyunyan, Armenian Deputy Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, participated in the forum. The forum was attended by over 100 participants, including the tenants of 27 multi-apartment residential buildings in Spitak, representatives from the Spitak municipality and the Covenant of Mayors, and project staff.
11262134_845585162162081_7120359772148454601_nIssues concerning energy efficiency in multi-apartment buildings and the importance of renewable energy were discussed during the forum. Presentations included topics such as energy efficiency and energy-saving good practices and behaviours, as well as suggestions and tips for low-cost energy-efficiency measures. Participants had the opportunity to share different issues regarding energy efficiency in their apartments.
Ambassador Hristea made a speech which stressed the importance of energy efficiency: ‘This project is an example, a demonstration of what possibilities there are and the potential of increased energy efficiency to benefit citizens. This project is meant to provide you with the possibility to make energy savings, which can be achieved by different options. The forum is a good opportunity to discuss all the issues that you might have’.
Deputy Minister Harutyunyan discussed the opportunities the project will offer to citizens: 11227036_845584948828769_9191768129053863264_n‘We want you to have energy to live a better life. This project is very praiseworthy when balanced against increasing energy prices. We are striving to import less energy and the only way to it is the development of renewable energy. However, first of all, we all should focus on energy efficiency as it is 4-5 times more affordable to save energy than to produce it. You will feel the positive impact on this project in your pockets. We hope Spitak and Vayk will become good models for other towns and cities in Armenia’.