Armenia’s largest ever solar power generation facility with 1 megawatt capacity was commissioned on November 7, 2017 in Talin, Aragatsotn province.
This unique project is said to be of paramount importance to Armenia’s solar energy system, as well as in terms of environmental protection and economic development.
The project was funded by a group of Armenian investors (Eduard Marutyan, Arayik Karapetyan, Zaven Sargsyan, Hayk Chobanyan) and was co-financed by the German-Armenian Fund and KFW Bank under the Support for Renewable Energy Program.
After the opening ceremony, Prime Minister Karapetyan held private talks with Secretary General of the International Energy Charter Urban Rusnak. The Premier noted that the energy sector is one of the fastest developing industries in Armenia, and the Armenian Government is mindful of its diversification. Urban Rusnak welcomed the Government’s efforts aimed at ensuring the country’s energy security.
Chinese photovoltaic manufacturer JinkoSolar announced on November 5, 2017 that it supplied approximately 3700 JinkoSolar’s high efficiency polycrystalline photovoltaic panels to this 1MW solar power plant
Arpi Solar,which designed the project and implemented the construction, cooperated with its leading international partners such as JinkoSolar, Stäubli, Enerparc and Sungrow, which guarantees long-term and productive revenues for the next 25 years.
General Director of Arpi Solar company Mr. Hayk Chobanyan said:
“Talin-1 is at the moment the largest solar power plant in Armenia and can cover the energy demands of almost 400 families. With this we launch a procession of massive solar power plants in Armenia. We will start working on another larger power plant of 55 MW capacity in Masrik (Gegharkunik region) very soon. Such interest in solar energy can significantly improve the Armenian energy sector.”
Deputy Minister of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources Mr. Harutyunyan mentioned:
“Talin-1 sets new standards in solar energy sphere in Armenia.The engineering activities were delivered in 20 days, which is a very short period for implementation of such initiatives according to international standards and which also proves the competence of the project construction company.”
Arda Kristaporyan, Country Manager for JinkoSolar, commented:
“We’re pleased to have contributed to the realization of this milestone project for Armenia. Our Eagle solar panels have already been successfully implemented in large-scale projects all over the world and they will secure the highest energy yields in the years to come. We will keep working closely with Arpi Solar to fulfill our shared target of creating a solar future in Armenia.”
Artun Istepan Sabciyan, Divison Manager for Staubli Electrical Connector Systems (formerly Multi-Contact) Turkey, commented:
“We are happy to share the honor of being able to contribute to this project and working closely together with Arpi Solar. This will be a milestone in Armenia reflecting the power of the sun. Our original MC4 connectors and DC solar cables have already been successfully implemented in 1MW Talin project. We will uphold a strong partnership with Arpi Solar to fulfill the roadmap and to advance Armenia’s photovoltaic industry.”
Source: Press Releases by The Government of the Republic of Armenia and JinkoSolar. Images Credit: ©The Government of the Republic of Armenia Press Office.