People in rural areas can’t afford gas, and even communities having gas supply heat their houses with wood. I will doubt there is at least one person who can afford to burn gas in the winter. Nobody can afford it, even the middle class. Our community has 932 households and 90% of the houses have gas supply, but people use fuel wood,” said Shnogh Ex Head Hovhannes Sahakyan in his interview with EcoLur.
In Shnogh one family, on average, uses annually 15 cum fuel wood – one cum costs around 8000-10,000 AMD. “Annually one family spends 120,000-150,000 AMD to heat their houses with fuel wood. But if you us gas, you will spend this money in a month not to take into account electricity prices,” Hovhannes Sahakyan said and outlined, “If the gas were cheaper, forest wouldn’t be felled down, but as far as fuel wood is much cheaper than gas, the forest will continue being felled down, even if there is an armed officer standing nearby.”
Hovhannes Sahakyan considered it necessary to pass to using solar energy.
Dr. Peter Gevorkian, American of Armenian origin, international expert in designing solar energy plants, engineer-consultant said in his interview with EcoLur, “Armenia is the best place in the world to develop solar energy, as solar energy in one square meter here in Armenia is much higher than in other countries, which is conditioned with the location of Armenia.”
16:45 December 01, 2016