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EU for Yerevan Solar Community

 

 

 

Brief Description:

EU supports the implementation of the “EU for Yerevan Solar Community” project implemented by the Yerevan Municipality. The project was approved by a Yerevan City Council's decision N 111-A on 13 February 2018.
The objective of this project is to reduce the energy consumption and associated emissions of greenhouse gases (about 850 tons of CO2 annually) through supporting application of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency measures in multi-apartment buildings of Yerevan.

In the scope of the project support to the multi-apartment building management bodies (condominiums) is offered in managing the energy use through introduction of energy efficiency measures and installing roof top photovoltaic (PV) systems to cover the energy consumption used for common areas.
The revenue generated by the project will allow the condominiums to finance the building's energy efficiency measures.

Actions in Brief:

The proposed action is innovative in nature and is intended to design and test a fundamentally new model of promoting renewable energy generation while supporting the ongoing policy reform in Armenia’s renewable energy and energy efficiency policy, as well as multi-apartment building management legislation. The solution is intended to utilize the EU grant support and Yerevan Municipality’s resources to test and scale out a public-private partnership arrangement which will not only rely on the government and donor support, but bring in private players, thus increasing the chances of longer-term success and replication. The model has a built-in mechanism for sustainable generation of financial revenues which will also ensure the multiplier effect.

The project targets to:

- Establish a model for ensuring 100% use of renewable energy (RE) in about 90 multi apartment buildings to cover electricity demand for elevators and illumination of common spaces (staircase lighting, yard lighting, etc.)and operation of elevators. Transfer to the elaborated model will be carried out via implementation of pilot actions for proper evaluations to support preparations for scaling up the model.
- Set urban energy planning and management mechanism.
- Implement capacity building activities for condominiums, public and other communities, low-income energy efficiency (EE) support.

Duration: 01/03/2018 – 01/03/2020 (24 months)
Total Project Budget: EUR 1,250,004.00
EU Contribution: EUR 1,000,000.00
Location: Yerevan, Republic of Armenia
Implementing Partners: Municipality of Yerevan
Initial meeting
On June 7, the initial working meeting of “EU for Yerevan Solar Community” program was held in Yerevan Municipality. During the meeting the aim, anticipated functions and expected results of the program were presented. Yerevan Deputy Mayor, the head of the coordinating council Vahe Nikoyan, the international cooperation executive of the cooperation department of EU Delegation Andrea Bagioli, the leader of CoM-DEP supporting team Ian Vanders as well as members of the coordination council of the program and implementation working group took part in the meeting.

Vahe Nikoyan stressed that Yerevan Municipality attaches importance to the cooperation with the European Union and specialized structures and added that during the recent years Yerevan Municipality pays particular importance to energy efficiency increase while implementing its programs.
During the meeting the head of Development and Investment Programs Department, the leader of the program working group Tigran Sargsyan presented details of the program implementation and the expected details, and answered the raised questions.

First session of coordination council

The first meeting of the coordination council of “EU for Yerevan Solar Community” program was held in Yerevan Municipality on June 7. Within the scope of the agenda the members of the council discussed and confirmed the schedule of implementation, the plans for work and purchases. A positive conclusion was given to the communication plan, The members of the council expressed hope that the program will be accomplished within determined time and will ensure desirable results.

“Renewable energy and energy efficiency measures in blocks of flats” working meeting

The details of “EU for Yerevan Solar Community” program were discussed at the seminar-discussion round the theme “Renewable energy and energy efficiency measures in blocks of flats”. The heads of corresponding subdivisions of administrative districts as well as representatives of condominiums took part in the event.
The head of Yerevan Municipality Department of Development and Investment Programs Tigran Sargsyan,
the international cooperation executive of the cooperation department of EU Delegation Andrea Bagioli, the leader of CoM-DEP supporting team Ian Vanders presented the program in general and its goals answered the questions related to the process of awareness and implementation.
During the working meeting the Armenian national expert of “Covenant of Mayors-East” program Artem Kharazyan familiarized the participants with the development of “Covenant of Mayors” initiative in The Armenia and particularly in Yerevan. The climate changes program coordinator of the UNDP Armenian office Diana Harutyunyan presented their experience in installation of the actions for renewable energy and energy efficiency. The leader of renewable energy and energy efficiency possibility program, “Habitat for Humanity Armenia” foundation Sergey Arzumanyan referred to the achievements and challenges of the sphere. The director of Yacubean nature protection center of American University of Armenia Alen Amirkhanyan spoke about the attraction of condominiums and residents in the process of finding solutions for renewable energy and energy efficiency increase.
Condominiums familiarized themselves with the stages of the program
Within the frames of “EU for Yerevan Solar Community” program the representatives of administrative districts and some condominiums were presented the stages of the program, in particular the standards of selection of multi-apartment buildings.