YEREVAN, June 25, /ARKA/. Tatul Manaseryan, head of ‘Alternative’ think-tank in Yerevan, urged the government today to step up support for the development of alternative energy sources.
Speaking to local reporters he said back in the 1980s Armenian researchers had been developing solar energy technologies, but in 90s they were forgotten and no solar power station was built. He said this is true also of other types of renewable energy.
“The impression is that there are some circles within the country objecting vehemently to development of alternative energy,’ he said.
The main source of electricity in Armenia today is the NPP in Metsamor, which accounts for about 30% of the total electricity generated in the country. Thermal power plants account for 41.9% and hydropower plants for 29.2%.
The most popular alternative energy sources in Armenia are small hydropower plants. There is also an Iranian-built wind power plant, which accounts for 0.03 percent of the total energy production. There were also some studies into the possible use of geothermal energy. -0-