We are glad to announce that Shtigen has been awarded Service Plus partner status by one of the world’s leading inverter manufacturers, Austrian Fronius. It gives us the right to carry out technical maintenance of this product in the Caucusus region.
From now on, everybody in Armenia can calculate for free the costs and benefits of PV power installation.
SHTIGEN designed the first “Solar Calculator” in Armenia available for public. The Calculator takes into account current monthly energy costs of physical and legal entities, insolation in various regions of Armenia, optimal technical solutions and best financial options.
Solar Calculator allows to calculate optimal solar energy capacity, based on location and current monthly energy costs, the relevant PV panels and their installation costs, evaluate payback periods, income and savings due to adoption of “net metering”, as well as choose the most suitable financing options, based on best terms of financing.
“We are glad to offer this open tool to the public, Armenian solar market should be more transparent and clear for everyone. The less uncertainties, the faster this industry will develop. We are sure that solar technologies, especially taking into account recent reforms, have real potential to develop and transform daily lives of Armenian people and businesses. We are especially proud that the solution designed by Armenian programmers excels other analogues”, noted Mr. Hayk Shekyan, CEO, SHTIGEN.
Solar Calculator is available for free at “Solar Calculator” page of SHTIGEN official web-site.
In continuing to uphold its principles of corporate social responsibilities, Shtigen continues to seek and advise the residents of Armenia’s border villages. On March 18, 2016 in cooperation with Fuller Center (Armenia) Shtigen made a renewable energy presentation for the residents of Yervandashat, Armenia. [read more]
A leading company of Armenian solar market Shtigen steadily grows and expands operations. We prove by action that renewable energy is Armenia’s national wealth, capable to bring welfare and independence to lives of ordinary people and the whole country.
If you share our vision and are ready to contribute your knowledge and passion for its fulfillment, we will be happy to see you in our team. [read more]
Clean energy acquires new heights around the globe, the World goes renewable, as there is global agreement between politicians, spiritual leaders, businesses in all industries and households. Even though renewable energy sector is just emerging in Armenia it is evident that our country is capable to be self-sufficient using only solar, wind and hydro energy instead of gas and nuclear. We keep our eyes on global developments and are happy to share with you main clean energy developments of 2015. [read more]
“Tufenkian Historic Yerevan” hotel switched to solar technologies for heating water. We recently installed and successfully put into operation solar water heating system, consisting of 1,140 vacuum tubes, which will ensure annual 3.5 mln AMD savings for the hotel. Details of the system are available in our portfolio. [read more]
Dear Shtigen community, customers, partners and friends,
This year we celebrate New Year and Christmas in actual war – our brothers are killed and our sisters become widows. We have seen several families of killed soldiers in Artsakh and Tavush in the passing year. These are simple, but proud people, who did not give up to the terrible loss. Each day they prove the opposite by their work, by raising and educating the children, who lost their fathers. It is very important that they never feel themselves alone with this pain, and nobody ever thinks that the sacrifice is forgotten.
For this reason we decided to donate our holiday gifts and greetings budget on behalf of you and the Shtigen community to the family of the killed soldier Arman Udumyan in Choratan village of Tavush, who has three kids. We will install a solar water heater on their house.
Let this warmth always be with them and remind that nothing is forgotten.
Warmest New Year and Christmas wishes to you and your families!
Thank you for being with us,
Recently Ayb School started using solar water heaters, so we asked Mr. Aram Pakhchanyan, Director of Ayb School, about their experience of working with solar technologies, benefits and possible issues, as well as potential of solar power development in Armenia
Ayb School is progressive in everything, including application of new technologies. Recently you installed a solar water heater. Did you make the decision more for ideological or economical reasons?
Ayb school is an environment for ideas in the first place, we strive not just to succeed, but also to share the success and be an example. Inefficient examples wouldn’t work, however that is not the case here – we definitely gained even higher efficiency compared with an ordinary apartment. Placing natural gas boilers in the schools is prohibited, so the boiler room should be located outside. Pumping hot water to the longer distances means higher thermal loss in the pipeline, especially when the consumption of hot water is relatively low.
So is the investment justified?
Absolutely. In winter, however, when cloudy days are more frequent, the amount of hot water doesn’t satisfy our need, that is why we think of installing the second solar water heater. We only postpone it because of the new building construction being underway as all funding from our sponsors goes to financing the construction. The new building, by the way, will definitely have solar water heaters installed.
Are the students aware of this technology?
We have a course of Ecology at the school which includes various topics related to energy efficiency. It can be dangerous to take the students to the roof where the solar water heater is located, so we don’t have the opportunity to show them how in works in practice. However, I think most of them are aware that the school uses this kind of technology.
Renewable energy and energy efficiency are discussed widely today. How can an average citizen practically benefit from it? Is it affordable at all?
I think solar water heaters should become a common thing on our roofs, since the payback is very short. Moreover, it’s not just a matter of payback. Use of solar water heaters gives psychological freedom too, since the cost of hot water becomes equal to the cost of cold water. Admittedly, there is an investment, and the equipment has its cost, however it doesn’t “wear out” from more water heated, so if previously when taking a bath you would be cautious not to waste too much hot water, now, especially in hot summer days, you are free to enjoy the pleasure of freshness brought by several showers a day without any worry.
What is the perspective of solar energy in Armenia?
It shouldn’t be limited to only water heating, solar power becomes more and more affordable each year. On the other hand, energy saving LED lamps, which provide the same amount of light, and consume ten times less than traditional lamps become more popular. If the authorities take this seriously and initiate stimulation projects (for example, by introducing preferential loans), significant part of Armenian territory will be secured with electricity, thanks to big number of sunny days and quite warm weather throughout the year. At the same time construction requirements and criteria should be reviewed to ensure that new and renovated buildings comply with high standards of energy-efficiency. I believe that the alternative to Metsamor nuclear power plant is not constructing new power plants, but reducing energy consumption and developing solar energy.
Within corporate social responsibility program of ACBA Credit Agricole Bank Shtigen installed 3 solar water heaters in Vanadzor branch of “Orran” Charitable NGO.
Thanks to this solar water heaters system Vanadzor branch of Orran, visited by hundreds of socially vulnerable children and elderly, will have not only permanent free hot water, but also savings on costs of water heating, which Orran can now use for its social and charitable projects.
Noteworthy, that this is the 2nd charitable project, using solar water heaters, implemented by ACBA Credite Agricole Bank. Last year, the Bank financed installation of solar water heaters in kindergartens of 6 boarder villages and rehabilitation center of Kosh.
Those solar water heaters were also installed and serviced by Shtigen.
See video for details (in Armenian).
The advantages of Solar Water Heaters are not limited to free hot water and cost savings. Solar Power can completely transform the lifestyle and socio-economic conditions of a rural community. Over the last 2 years, the community of Basen, Armenia, located in the Shirak region has transformed itself into the “greenest” community within the Republic of Armenia.
Initial changes began with funding provided by the UNDP’s Global Environmental Fund which initiated the Renewable Project in the community of Basen with Solar Water Heater installations at the village kindergarten and a greenhouse. The proactive involvement of the community which followed thereafter was positive as news of the benefits provided by Solar Water heaters quickly spread through the community. Shtigen LLC in cooperation with the head of community and its residents, installed Solar Water heaters for 12 homes (more on installations here).
“The system is more secure and productive, especially for a community like Basen, which is not supplied by gas and relies on electricity only. The role of the community is very important here. The residents of the community do not want to leave. In contrast with many other towns and villages in Armenia, there has been practically no migration from Basen since the Solar Water Heaters were installed. The younger generation of residents have remained part of the community with only one family leaving within the last 4 years” , Hamlet Petrossyan, Mayor of Basen expressed in an interview to Armenpress, noting that the village has 463 households with total of 1780 residents.
Because of its geography and rural status, the vast majority of community residents are not able to finance Solar Water Heater installations. This is an issue which has been resolved due to several energy-efficiency financing products in Armenia, which provide the residential or corporate customer opportunity to finance their solar water heater installations.
Today these 12 families save on electricity, while the Basen community extensively uses other solar power solutions for greenhouses, mini-working farms, fruit drying, etc. Basen has become the pioneer for Green technologies among Armenian communities.
Green technologies not only ensure cost savings and more efficient use of resources, but also transform the social and economic aspects of a community whereby its residents stay put, work and help the community grow for its future generations. We are certain that this experience will be replicated in communities throughout the Republic of Armenia.