Arpi village as model community in using energy-efficient technologies
27 December 2018
Arpi village of Vayots Dzor province will meet the New Year with new street illumination.
Owing to the cooperation of the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC) and VivaCell-MTS, which aims at the development of infrastructures in various settlements within eco-village networks program, the situation that formed following the collapse of the USSR is now in the past.
The construction works in Arpi village began in late summer 2018. About 2 km long territory along the main streets of the village is now provided with energy-efficient technologies of illumination. A completely new system with 51 LED floodlights has been set up.
The installation of outdoor energy-efficient lighting systems in communities rich in wildlife species is one of the first steps aimed at establishing eco-village networks in Armenia. Through this, it will be possible to integrate those villages into an important process of transformation based on environmental, economic, cultural and social components.
The residents find it important to use modern, energy-efficient LED systems for reducing the gap between the urban and the rural settlements, for shortening community operation costs and diverting the saved amounts to solving other issues in the community that will certainly affect their quality of life.
VivaCell-MTS General Manager Ralph Yirikian, FPWC Director Ruben Khachatryan, head of Areni community Husik Sahakyan and community members participated in the launch of the energy-efficient lighting system.
“Enlightened ideas are surely good, but one needs illuminated streets. Any positive move may help people strive for more. We are by the side of our compatriots to provide all that. We want people in the regions be sure that they are not neglected. We also believe that this program will change people’s attitudes towards the public property. We will achieve much more the very moment each and every one takes the village and the territory lived on as his own,” VivaCell-MTS General Manager Ralph Yirikian said.
In contrast to traditional lamps, LED lamps are more efficient and durable, they can be used much longer using 80%less electricity.
The street lights in the village will be on from 21:00 to 02:00 during summer and from 18:00 to 01:00 during winter. On holidays the streets will remain illuminated all night long.
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