The Ministry of Environment of Armenia has summarized the “Protected Areas Assistance Program” within whose framework all houses in the Shikahogh village, Syunik Province, have been equipped with solar water heaters.
According to the press service of the ministry, the environmental organization Green Ecology has installed solar water heaters in all 56 houses of the permanent residents of Shikahogh. The villagers were provided with solar water heaters with a capacity of 150 liters. For safe operation, the roofs of their homes were reinforced and the necessary equipment was installed.
5 LED lamps were issued to each household along with a 5-year warranty for the water heaters and a 1-year warranty for repairs. Specialists instructed the residents on how to use the systems.
It is important to note that the village of Shikakhokh adjacent to the reserve of the same name has no natural gas lines for heating or domestic purposes. Instead, mainly firewood or electricity have been used by residents.
Armenia is considered a country with extremely high potential for the development of solar energy. Part of the reason for this is that Armenia is one of the sunniest countries in the world.
P.S. By the way, in Turkey, such a program is being carried out at the state level. Such heaters are being adopted throughout the entire country. Similar programs are being developed in Israel, Greece, and others. These countries are thus competently using their solar potential.
In the meantime, this technology is presented to us as a breakthrough and a huge achievement. Setting up solar water heaters in a village with a few dozen houses is not impressive.
If Armenia is one of the sunniest countries in the world, then why are we unable to correctly use our natural potential? Because our “ally” Russia does not allow us to get off the expensive gas? Or maybe because the Armenian establishment will die without a free kickback? These questions are rhetorical.