100 Yerevan Apartment Buildings Get Solar Panels
Solar photovoltaic modules are being installed on the roofs of 100 apartment buildings in Yerevan as part of an EU grant program amounting to USD 1.250 million.
The Yerevan Municipality has allocated US $ 250,000 to the program, which is part of the Covenant of Mayors initiative.
The 360 watt panels are made in Armenia.
“Thanks to the program, we can achieve financial savings of up to 50%. For example, if the residents now pay 100 units for the cost of elevator power, it is now 50. But that amount includes the indoor and outdoor lighting.” says Andre Ohanyan, a national expert on the Covenant of Mayors Demonstration Support Project.
“The modules convert solar energy into electricity and generate a constant current, which is converted into a network by a converter and connected to the network. It’s clean and equally important renewable energy, “says Vahan Madoyan, advisor on the project.
Narine Abelyan, head of the Yerevan Municipality’s development and investment programs department, says the buildings are nine to fourteen stories tall and have flat roofs.
The EU Mayors’ Agreement for Climate and Energy brings together thousands of local governments who volunteer to implement the EU’s climate and energy goals.
The Mayors’ Pact was launched in Europe in 2008 with the aim of bringing together local governments who volunteer to achieve and exceed the EU’s climate and energy goals.
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