Solar Electricity and Heat

Solar Electricity and Heat

Electricity, heating, and transportation: the huge potential of solar energy for Armenia

Known to be an energy-dependant country, Armenia is importing 70% of it is energy based on fossil fuels. This imported energy is resulting in more than 64% of the greenhouse gas emissions, the core reason for climate change.

On the other hand, most regions of Armenia are sunny for approximately 300 days in a calendar year. The average annual amount of solar energy flow per square meter of the horizontal surface is about 1720 kWh. As a reference, the average European is 1000 kWh. However, so far solar energy is just 5% of the energy supply. The national target is 15% by 2030.

To meet the national target as well as Gyumri Green City Action Plan goals optimal use of locally available renewable energy sources and waste heat is a must. Here is how The Distrikt is harnessing solar energy to drive the energy transition and built a carbon-neutral community model.

Solar Energy and Heat

Solar power plants for electricity

The energy from locally installed solar farms will be the major source of electricity and heating for residential use. The plant will supply around 66,400 Megawatt hours (MWh), which is enough to meet the local electricity needs for a year.

Solar Plant

Solar heating systems

One more step towards energy independence and efficiency – solar heating systems. Solar thermal collectors installed over the buildings will be a supplement to solar power plants that generate electricity.

Residential buildings equipped with solar heating systems will be provided with central heating and hot water.

Solar Heating Systems

Electric shuttles powered by solar energy

The rule is no fossil fuel-based vehicles in The Distrikt. Walking, cycling and electric shuttles are the means of mobility.

Powered by solar energy electric shuttles will be offered as an easy-to-use and comfortable shared mobility experience to navigate in The Distrikt.

Electric shuttle
Smart City Hub

The by far most important step towards compliance with the Paris Agreement is decarbonization of the production of energy.

Impact Investing

Thomas Edison upended the world with his novel idea for an electric utility that would centrally power homes and industry. One hundred forty years later, the power industry has been quietly decarbonizing, even as it remains a marvel of efficiency and reliability.

The Guardian

Annual energy forecast predicts record surge in wind, solar and other renewables.