Armenia publishes tender for 55 MW solar project

Armenia’s Ministry of Energy Infrastructure and Natural Resources has published a call for tenders for a 55 MW solar power project it announced two weeks prior. The ministry said it expects a large number of project proposals due to the high number of participants to the Expression of Interest issued earlier this year.

State-owned press agency Arka previously reported that 40 unspecified developers had expressed interest in the project, and that only 10 were prequalified for the tender. Bids for the tender must now be submitted by June 16, 2017.

The tender process is scheduled to be completed in the second quarter of 2018. The 55 MW solar plant will be located in Masrik, Gegharkunik province, eastern Armenia, and will require an investment of between $40 million and $60 million. Deputy Minister Hayk Harutyunyan specified that the project could be expanded to 100 MW at a later stage, depending on the investor’s interest.

The project is part of the national plan for the development of renewable energies and is one of six PV plants with a combined capacity of 110 MW that the government is currently supporting through a recently created ad hoc commission.

In late April, the Republic of Armenia Ministry of Economic Development and Investment announced it had exempted solar project developers from paying customs duties on the import of PV components for the first time.

In mid-April, the Ministry of Energy announced the start of construction on the country’s third 1 MW PV plant being developed under the special tariff regime introduced by the Armenian Public Services regulation commission (PSRC) in December 2016.

The Armenian government is currently supporting PV projects up to 1 MW through a FIT scheme, and residential and commercial solar up to 150 kW through net-metering.

Armenia’s six-year $58 million solar program is directed by the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Foundation, a non-governmental organization whose mission is to facilitate investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy in Armenia. The scheme is also supported by the Climate Investment Funds, the Armenian Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank.