WIND ENERGY POTENTIAL ASSESSMENT IN THE REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA
According to Wind Energy Resource Atlas of Armenia elaborated by National Renewable Energy Laboratory of USA in 2003, the economically justified potential of wind energy is about 450 MW of total installed capacity with about 1.26 billion kWh of electrical energy production per year. The main perspective sites are located in Zod pass, in Bazum Mountain (Qaraqhach and Pushkin passes), in Jajur pass, in the territory of Geghama Mountains, in Sevan pass, in the region of Aparan, in highlands between Sisian and Goris, in the region of Meghri.
Monitoring works of wind potential at Sotk pass in Gegharkunik region have been completed by “Zod Wind” CJSC private company. The company is negotiating with different organizations to attract the investments for the construction of “Zod” wind farm with total 20 MW installed capacity.
Monitoring works of wind potential at Qaraqhach pass in Shirak region have been completed by “Ar Energy”, Armenian - Italian private company. The company is planning to construct “Qaraqhach 1” wind farm with 20 MW capacity, which will be later enlarged up to 140 MW.
Proposed Investments Projects
In the framework of EU TACIS program “Assistance to Energy Policy of Armenia” the monitoring works have been carried at Simyonovka pass in Sevan region and the Pre-Feasibility Study (FS) for the construction of wind power plant with 34 MW total installed capacity was elaborated.
The pre-feasibility study for the construction of wind power station with 14.5 MW total installed capacity was elaborated.