EU to install solar panels at Yerevan stops
Solar panels have been installed at two public transportation stops in Yerevan, which helps to charge mobile phones and other devices as part of the EU’s “Days of energy saving in Armenia” initiative.
One of the panels was inspected today by Petr Svitalsky, the head of the EU mission in Armenia, who called it “The EU sun stop”.
The head of the EU mission said the panels are meant to promote the use of solar energy in the country, and will stay in place for a year.
“Armenia is rich in solar energy, which should be taken advantage of. Energy production is a priority for Armenia, and the EU will provide long-term assistance to promote energy efficiency on local, municipal and national levels,” Svitalsky said.
Armenian experts and politicians constantly call to take the country off “the Russian gas needle” and search for alternative energy sources.
Ambassador Svitalsky emphasized in this regard that the EU takes Armenia’s independence seriously. Being independent energy supply-wise is important for all, Armenia included. “We are doing a lot to help Armenia`s independence in energy supply.”
“Energy programs for Armenia amount to E30 million”, Svitalsky said. The larger part of the sum is meant for the construction of power lines between Armenia and Georgia.
“Alternative energy sources are independent from other countries, our solar energy belongs to no one else, which is extremely important for Armenia in the absence of oil, coal or gas of its own.”
“It is time,” the ambassador said, “to invest in the sector… All Armenians want cheaper energy and a more independent country. The EU considers both goals achievable.”