Green energy – sustainable future

Project Title: “Attaining low-carbon energy access solutions for all”
Project duration: 2016 October 01 – 2017 June 30
Grant amount: 50.000 USD

Project Description

The project aims at promoting demonstration, dissemination and commercialization of low-carbon technologies through construction of grid-tied PV micro-stations. It is planned to build three solar stations with 24 kW total capacity in: “Trchunyan Tun” Educational complex – Children’s home, “Ardzagank kindergarten” and “Armenian Green Technologies Center” Foundation in Gyumri. The proposed activities are in line with the recent amendment to the Law of the Republic of Armenia “On energy saving and renewable energy”, that provides any economic entity an opportunity to have up to 150 kW capacity of grid-connected photovoltaic power station feeding excess power to the grid. They are also complementary to the EU-funded project being “Green energy for ‘green’ socio-economic progress in Shirak marz”, providing grant funding for “green” facilities.
“Trchunyan Tun” educational complex is a shelter for 6-18 year-old 80 orphans and children from socially vulnerable families. Fifty employees are involved in childcare and education of these children.
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Project Title: “Green Energy for Green  Socio-Economic Progress in Shirak region” 
Project duration: 2015 May – 2017 May
Grant amount:  319.475 EUR

Project Description

Shirak region is situated in the northwest of Armenia. It is the country’s poorest region with the highest level of unemployment. Considerable parts of the population are socially vulnerable families, who struggle to gain access to basic needs such as affordable heating, hot and/or drinking water. Even communal buildings like schools or kindergartens often lack a continuous supply of hot water and heating, which raises sanitary and health issues. Awareness on green energy is very low and also the knowledge of how it could help tackle socio-economic problems is missing among local authorities, CSOs and regular citizens.
The project aims at creating accessible and practical conditions for sustainable development based on renewable energy, and thus, directly contributes to poverty alleviation in Shirak region. Renewable energy facilities (e.g. water heating using solar energy, energy-efficient renovation, biogas systems) are promoted for public and private use, as well as green facilities which generate income (e.g. green house combined with air heaters to allow for extended harvesting seasons). Additionally, local authorities and other stakeholders are informed on low-carbon technologies in order to embed the experience on an operational and policy level.
Full version of the project is attached here.