YEREVAN (ARKA)—Head of the Solar Technology Lab, Jozef Panosyan, has accused Armenian authorities of impeding the development of solar energy in the country without elaborating on the reasons why.
“I believe that the government should play a focal role in the development of solar energy, however the authorities are impeding this process. In Armenia there are many entrepreneurs who are ready to import solar energy panels from China, where they are quite cheap,” Panosyan said at a news conference.
“Traditional energy sources, which pose huge environmental dangers, will soon be exhausted. Increasing temperature leads to the melting of the ice cover of the Earth. This process will continue in the future since carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere contributes to the greenhouse effect,” Panosyan said.
He stressed that the only solution to this problem is replacing traditional sources of energy with renewable ones, which will help prevent the negative impact of climate change on Armenia.
“The most effective of them are the solar, wind, hydro and other forms of energy. In our laboratory we have developed solar panels which convert solar energy into electrical energy. Such photovoltaic devices are the most promising,” said Panosyan.
According to experts, Armenia has great potential for solar energy resources. The annual rate of solar energy collection per 1 square meter of flat surface is 1,720 kWh in Armenia, while in Europe the average is 1000 kWh.