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Talin-1 launches procession of solar power plants in Armenia

Published 05 December 2017 | By Stäubli Electrical Connectors

At the beginning of November, the opening ceremony of the first 1 MW solar power plant took place in Talin city of Aragatsotn region in Armenia. This is a significant project of vital importance due to its large scale and capabilities for Armenian solar energy, ecology as well as economic development sectors.

RA Prime Minister Mr. Karen Karapetyan, Minister of Territorial Administration and Development Mr. Davit Loqyan, Deputy Minister of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources Mr. Hayk Harutyunyan, Deputy Ambassador of German Federal Republic to Armenia Mr. Klaus Wendelberger, General Secretary of the Energy Charter Secretariat Mr. Urban Rusnák, and other guests and partners of Arpi Solar and Solar Production companies attended the event.

"Talin-1 is capable of sufficing energy demands of almost 400 families. With this we launch a procession of massive solar power plants in Armenia," mentions the General Director of Arpi Solar company Mr. Hayk Chobanyan also adding: "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."

3,700 polycrystalline photovoltaic panels are installed in Talin-1 with a lifetime of minimum 25 years. Arpi Solar, which designed the project and implemented the construction, cooperated with its leading international partners such as Jinko Solar, Staubli, Enerparc, Sungrow (Arpi Solar is the official representative of these companies in Armenia)in order to guarantee long-term and productive revenues within the whole period of operation.

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.''

Arda Kristaporyan, Country Manager for Jinko Solar, 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."

"Talin-1 sets new standards in solar energy sphere in Armenia," mentions Deputy Minister of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources Mr. Harutyunyan. The engineering activities were completed within 20 days, which is a very short period for implementation of such an initiative according to international standards. This also proves the competence of the company.
As a clean energy source, Talin-1 has significant environmental impacts as well. Specifically, it will reduce emissions of 450 tons of CO2 and will save 25,000 trees yearly.

This 1 million dollar project is implemented by Solar Production Company thanks to a group of Armenian investors (Eduard Marutyan, Araik Karapetyan, Zaven Sargsyan, and Hayk Chobanyan) and due to co-finance of German-Armenian Fund and KFW bank in the scope of "Renewable Energy Assistance" program with the support of Converse Bank CJSC.