Solar Electricity and Heat
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 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 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.
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.
The by far most important step towards compliance with the Paris Agreement is decarbonization of the production of energy. →