September 14, 2021 – 13:56 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net – Kartchaghbyur community in Armenia’s Gegharkunik province has got a new street lighting system. Viva-MTS and the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC) teamed up to support the community. 35 LED lights were installed in the community illuminating around 1300 m of streets: the streets adjacent to the schools and three second-lined streets.
The construction works were done despite all the challenges pandemic and the war brought. The new energy-efficient system was launched as soon as it was introduced. And the partners who postponed the official launch had the opportunity to assess the satisfaction of the residents of Kartchaghbyur and the effectiveness of the program.
Viva-MTS General Manager Ralph Yirikian, the General Engineer of the FPWC Martin Maralchyan, the community head of Kartchaghbyur Taron Kocharyan and many locals from the community took part in the official launch of the newly built energy-saving system.
“This program is an opportunity to solve more than one problem in one go. It helps develop infrastructures in villages, decrease the gap in development between the capital and the rural communities to some degree, and change the attitudes to the nature: conservation gets predominating over unending consumerist approach. And all that is reached through introducing green technologies. This is a program with a long-lasting effect,” Yirikian said.
Unlike electrical bulb lights, LED lights are more efficient and durable, last much longer, using up to 80% less power. Due to the introduction of an environmental and energy-saving outdoor lighting system, the financial burden in rural communities is significantly reduced. The saved community funds are directed to programs aimed at revitalizing rural life.
LED lights will illuminate the village streets from 21:00 to 00:00 in summer and from 18:00 to 23:30 in winter. During the holidays, lighting will be provided all night long.
Viva-MTS and the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC) are actively pursuing the infrastructure development program in different communities. The works are in progress.