On September 23, representatives of Delegation of the European Union to Armenia and the Support Team of the “Covenant of Mayors Demonstration Projects” visited 4 of the 43 buildings to be equipped with solar PVs and lighting systems under the EU funded “EU4 Yerevan – Solar Community” project.
Buildings were selected to demonstrate different scale and different technical solutions.
“The Covenant of Mayors is one of the numerous EU support instruments that allow us to foster reforms and contribute to improvements in the sectors of energy, energy efficiency and environment in Armenia. It should be used efficiently for the benefit of the citizens, through clear prioritization and efficient implementation on the ground. More than 5000 families will benefit from “EU4Yerevan Solar Community” works (EU contribution: EUR 1mln), once completed,” said Andrea Baggioli, representative of the EU Delegation to Armenia.
After signing acceptance acts by all stakeholders, the Elders Council of Yerevan will pass ownership of solar PV and lighting systems to homeowners (presented by Homeowners Associations, HoA). Thereafter, HoA’s will operate and maintain all systems, with direct support and control of Yerevan Municipality.
The delegation also reviewed energy production data illustrated on solar inverters. It is planned to regularly update data on energy production and consumption in a monitoring tool. The Project Team will monitor the performance of solar PV plants and evaluate energy efficiency, environmental, and social indicators of the Project.
The Project’s team informed the delegation about progress of completed/on-going works at wave 1 buildings
Let’s be reminded that the 90 multi-apartment buildings (MAB) included in EU4Yerevan – Solar Community Project will be equipped with around 674 kWp solar PV and 77 kW indoor and outdoor lighting systems. As a result, in addition to the social impact – by reducing electricity consumption hence bills at common spaces, the Project contributes city of Yerevan’s SEAP by reducing (or avoiding) more than 300 tons of CO2 emissions per year.
Meanwhile, the delegation was introduced to challenges the Project Team faced and overcome during phase 1 of the project. “During the phase one we learnt lots of lessons which will definitely be used in order to efficiently organize works at wave 2 buildings. Engaging stakeholders in relevant stages of the project and continuous quality and technical control and supervision during the installation process are essential for accomplishing our milestones in timely manner”, says Nana Abelya, Project Manager of EU4Yerevan – Solar Community Project.
In order to raise public awareness about the impact and importance of the Project, posters and billboards illustrating technical, financial, environmental & social indicators of systems installed will be mounted at yards and entrances of all buildings.
Procurement of services and goods for installation of solar PV, indoor and outdoor lighting systems at wave 2 buildings have already been announced by Yerevan Municipality. Yet, service contract has been awarded to a local service provider for installation of solar PV systems, whereas procurement process is still on-going for lighting systems and technical supervision of all works.