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EBRD and USAID Promote Solar Thermal in Armenia

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 3, 2014
SOS children village in ArmeniaArmenia is better known in the world for unresolved territorial disputes with its neighbour Azerbaijan than for being a pioneer in solar thermal energy. In fact, the utilisation of solar energy for water heating and space cooling is not as common among the around 3 million Armenians as it could be. The Eurasian country at the foot of Mount Ararat has favourable climate conditions: According to the Armenia Energy Profile 2012 by Chinese online media agency glObserver, the sun in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, shines almost 2,600 hours each year and the average annual solar radiation across the country is around 1,720 kWh/m². The photo shows solar water heaters on a cottage in an SOS Children´s Village in Armenia. The systems were funded by the Clean Energy and Water Program (CEWP)
Photo: ME&A / CWEP
 

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