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Wind Energy Program in Armenia
In 2003, the Wind Energy Resource Atlas of Armenia was drawn. According to it, economically reasonable wind power potential is estimated at 450 MW total installed capacity and at electric power output of 1.26 billion kWh/y. The main promising locations are the Zod (Sotk) Pass, Bazum Range, Pushkin and Qarakhach Passes, Jajur Pass, Geghama Range, Sevan Pass, Aparan Region, Sisian-Goris Hills and Meghri Area.
In December 2005, for the first time in Armenia and in the Caucasus a grid-connected wind-power plant with capacity of 2.6 MW was put into operation at Pushkin Pass. In the future it is foreseen to enlarge the wind power plant capacity up to 50 MW.
Within the European Union program a monitoring in the Semenovka Pass in Sevan region was organized and a preliminary feasibility study for the construction of a wind power plant with a total installed capacity of 35 MW was compiled.
Within the framework of wind energy program of Armenian - Italian private company “Ar Energy”, a monitoring was completed at Qarakhach Pass in Shirak region, for the construction of 140 MW wind power plant.
The company "Zod Wind" has completed the monitoring within the framework of wind energy program near Zod Pass in Gegharkunik region, for the construction of 20 MW wind power plant.
The private companies “Ar Energy” and “Zod Wind” are negotiating with various companies to attract investments for the construction of “Qarakhach-1” and “Zod” wind power plants.
Summarizing the legislative acts, it should be mentioned that the Republic of Armenia has created numerous mechanisms, promoting the use of renewable energy sources, for example:
According to the article 59 of the “Law on Energy” of RA, adopted on 7 March 2001, it is guaranteed the purchase of the whole electricity generated by renewable energy sources according to the established order -15 years for SHPPs, and 20 years for solar, wind, biomass and geothermal.
By the decision of the Public Services Regulatory Commission the procedure for
determining the electricity tariff produced by the power plants using the renewable energy sources was approved. According to it, the tariff for the wind energy is set on an annual basis. According to the decision of the Public Services Regulatory Commission N 128-N dated 25 May, 2016 the tariff for wind energy amounts 42, 645 ARMD / kWh excluding VAT.
In accordance with the above-mentioned procedure, in the end of every year the tariff for the wind energy is indexed due to the fluctuations in the national currency of Armenia against the USD for a certain period of time and due to the changes of consumer prices in the Republic of Armenia.
This tariff is determined and revised due to the definite method adopted by the Commission decision N 88-N dated 22 April, 2015.