On February 11, 2022, Acting Director of the “Environmental Project Implementation Unit” Armen Yesoyan, Acting Deputy Director Armen Khojoyan and representatives of the EPIU’s departments arrived to Shaghap administrative district of Vedi enlarged municipal community of Ararat region on a working visit to officially submit two photovoltaic solar power stations to the community in the frameworks of the “Strengthening land based adaptation capacity in communities adjacent to protected areas in Armenia” project.
The “Strengthening land based adaptation capacity in communities adjacent to protected areas in Armenia” grant program is funded by the Adaptation Fund of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The objective of the four-year project launched in 2019 is to reduce the climate risk vulnerability of local communities living adjacent to the “Khosrov Forest” and “Dilijan” National Park by strengthening the adaptive capacity of the agricultural sector and reinforcing their institutional and planning capacity for climate change adaptation. The beneficiary communities of the program are Dilijan enlarged municipal community (Dilijan, Aghavnavank, Gosh, Khachardzan, Haghartsin and Tehut) of Tavush region, Vedi enlarged municipal community (Urtsadzor, Shaghap and Landzhanist) of Ararat region and Mrgahovit and Fioletovo communities of Lori region.
The construction of solar power stations with a capacity of 14 kW and 24 kW, designed to operate two pumps, was carried out as part of the Project component 1 (Community based, climate smart agricultural practices in degraded areas and buffer zones). The exploitation of the stations allows residents to reduce irrigation costs by saving the amount charged for electricity.
The representatives of the EPIU, construction and control organizations, acting head enlarged municipal community Garik Sargsyan and head of Shaghap administrative district Maro Arakelyan participated in the ceremony of submission of the solar power stations.