Discovering the Future
Armenia’s Energy Independence Roadmap
A grant program for developing a transformational path towards energy independence through carbon neutrality.
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General Information
About the program

The Foundation for Armenian Science and Technology (FAST), in collaboration with the first Armenian solar panels manufacturing company - SolarOn, announces a new grant program on developing Armenia’s Energy Independence Roadmap. The program aims to develop a comprehensive roadmap for a transformational path from Armenia’s current energy infrastructure towards energy independence through carbon neutrality in the energy and transportation fields. The roadmap will be used for making policy recommendations to the government and investment attraction activities. Aiming to propose precise scenarios with the cost estimation and investment opportunities, the roadmap will deeply analyze the opportunities and obstacles related to significantly reducing the energy dependence and scaling the share of various renewable energy sources, including solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. Upon completion, the roadmap will be presented to the stakeholders and interested groups for the purpose of in-depth discussion and coordination of the next steps.

Grant amount

The grant amount includes:

  • monthly remuneration of the local experts,
  • honorarium for the international expert,
  • travel for the international expert,
  • travels within Armenia for the local team.
Roadmap importance

Many countries, such as Armenia, face the necessity to import fuels to cover the gaps of their own energy industry. Having no proven gas or oil natural resources makes these countries highly dependent on external sources of energy. This raises the need to generate solutions for diminishing reliance on energy import. The dependence on external energy sources is partly mitigated in Armenia through the generation of nuclear power, but this source of energy cannot be considered as completely independent of external factors. The dependence will preserve in the context of the nuclear fuel enrichment, as well as the utilization of the spent fuel. Besides, although nuclear power plants do not have emissions into the atmosphere, this source of energy possesses different risks, including the ones related to safety, especially given the seismicity of the region.

Therefore, in the context of addressing all of the factors mentioned above, it becomes essential for the country to efficiently realize its abundant potential for significantly scaling and diversifying its renewable energy industry. Armenia has a great potential for scaling renewables and there is a sound basis for the corresponding industry investment. The process of integrating renewable energy sources in the conventional power systems has slowly been developing in Armenia. Building on that, the roadmap developed under this grant program aims to draw the path to accelerate and advance this process.

Roadmap description

A group of experts will conduct a comprehensive analysis on the current state of demand and supply, and perspectives for scaling the generation and utilization of all the main types of renewable energy. This will pave a clear path from the current state of Armenia to energy independence, including the necessary changes for making Armenia an energy-efficient country.

The roadmap will have to integrate the multiple recent reports and papers to extend the analysis further on what has already been done by local and international organizations and experts. It should have a cost-benefit analysis and an impact assessment. The roadmap should also include studies on the international experience of transforming from fuel-dominated energy consumption towards the significant expansion of energy production from renewables. Moreover, it will particularly investigate the feasibility of applying the existing technology solutions to Armenia's case and identify the possible necessity of their further improvement for strengthening the efficiency of their usage in the country. Finally, the roadmap should contain a technical description of the target model of the country's energy system, the roles of its participants and the rules of interaction between them.

Application Procedure
Application Procedure

The call is open for expert groups to submit their application packages. The groups may be composed of up to 6 experts. They must involve several local and one international experts in diverse renewable energy and related areas. The international expert should have extensive experience in policy making, investments or academic research in the field of renewable energy. It will be an asset if the international expert has an experience of consulting in the renewable energy field in Armenia.

Individual applications from the field experts are also accepted. Even though group applications are prioritized, the individual applicants that will receive high scores may be given an opportunity to join or form a group that will receive the grant.

The evaluation of the application packages and the interviews will be conducted by the independent international committee composed of experts specializing in the field.

The working language of the project is English: application packages, interviews and the roadmap itself should be presented in English.

All interested groups and individuals are invited to submit their ONLINE APPLICATIONS by August 31, 2021.

The online application includes the following sections:

  • General information of each group member or individual applicant,
  • CV of each group member or individual applicant,
  • Reference contacts for each group member or individual applicant,
  • List of relevant researchconducted by the group and group members or individual applicant,
  • Motivationstatement of the group or individual applicant,
  • Responsibility breakdown of the group,
  • Brief concept of the roadmap developed by the group or individual applicant. The concept should include the strategic goal and objectives, research structure, milestones and timeline, methodology, expected results, as well as any other information the applicant will find important to indicate (up to 1000 words),
  • Budget.

Please note that in the group applications it should be made clear how the group was formed, as well as how each expert in the group will contribute to the project and how they will benefit from it. The Committee preserves the right not to approve any group member’s participation in the grant program if that person does not score a required number of points during the evaluation.

Selection process

Evaluation and selection are conducted in two stages.

Stage 1.FAST conducts eligibility checks and passes corresponding applications to the independent committee. The committee is composed of 3-4 international experts specializing in the energy field.

Stage 2. The committee reviews the applications and conducts interviews with the groups or individual applicants. The evaluation is conducted through a point-based system according to the following criteria:

Group applications

  • 50% - Knowledge of the field and relevant experience

The committee will evaluate each group member’s knowledge and experience. Based on the individual scores it will derive the group’s cumulative score for this criteria.

  • 30% - Vision of the project’s contribution to the carbon-neutrality promotion
  • 20% - Group’s synergy

Individual applicants

  • 50% - Knowledge of the field and relevant experience
  • 30% - Vision of the project’s contribution to the carbon-neutrality promotion
  • 20% - Motivation