Demonstrating new techniques and tools to use renewable energy and increase income through application of solar dryers in rural households of Lori Region
Demonstrating new techniques and tools to use renewable energy and increase income through application of solar dryers in rural households of Lori Region
This project refers to the use of renewable energy sources (RES) via demonstration and popularization of fruit and herb multifunctional solar dryers (SD) in rural mountainous areas of Lori Region of Armenia. The project has two equally important components. The environmental component includes the demonstration of RES use as an alternative practice that contributes to the reduction of CO emissions through application of best European practices. This innovative practice will accelerate the use of energy saving techniques to mitigate climate change. The second component is socio-economic. The popularization and use of multifunctional SDs in rural areas of Lori region will enable to practice RES sources on household level, thus delivering economic and environmental benefits. Finally, this project will contribute to the empowerment of local population. Due to its economic viability, this project has strong replication potential.
In the framework of the project it is planned to demonstrate the use of RES and energy saving mechanisms by simple and straightforward way – by constructing multifunctional solar driers specifically designed for humid areas and distributing them amongst the beneficiary households. Meantime the public awareness campaign on use of RES with the emphasis on solar multifunctional driers is an essential component of the project. The activities include practical training on construction and use of SDs, development and broadcasting of a film, distribution of SD guiding materials and leaflets and web site development.
The main outcome of the project is the introduction of effective food drying techniques as an alternative to traditionally used electrical and gas ovens, which will eventually contribute to reduction of CO emissions through energy saving.

See the film on project results at: (Armenian version)
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Project Snapshot

Area Of Work:
Climate Change Mitigation
Grant Amount:
US$ 19,555.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 9,000.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 12,950.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Notable Community Participation
Interest shown from local population towards use solar dryers (SD) is justified also by providing in-kind contribution to the project from local households. That is why, it is set as a criteria for selecting the project beneficiary households. The community members will be actively involved throughout the different stages of the project implementation and participatory monitoring.
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
Limited awareness on contemporary energy saving mechanisms on household and industrial level inherited from Soviet past can be addressed by learning and demonstration that are parts of this project. This initiative has enough driving mechanisms to ensure dissemination and sustainability, and in wider aspect it has enough mechanisms to grow into sound commercial projects.
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Tonnes of CO2 decreased or avoided by energy efficient and renewable energy technologies or applying environmentally sustainable transport practices introduced by SGP Project 7
Number of women participated / involved in SGP project 40
Number of households who have benefited* from SGP project 80

Grantee Contact

Ms. Manya Melikjanyan
Phone: +374 93 31 51 08


62 Kamo St.
Stepanavan , Lori Region , 1902


SGP Country office contact

Mr. Hovhannes Ghazaryan
+374 60 530000+116
(+374 10) 543811
Ms. Svetlana Harutyunyan
+374 60 530000+117


14 Adamyan St.
Yerevan, 0010

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