Horbategh community of Vayots Dzor region is one of the settlements where attacks of the wild animals such as bears and wolves are very often. The village has 262 inhabitants. Their main sources of income are cattle-breeding, bee-keeping, and agriculture. Because of the dark streets in the evenings, the wild animals enter the village, damage the backyard gardens, fields and beehives, get into barns and harm sheep, rams and steers.
Outdoor lighting infrastructure was destroyed in Horbategh after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The small budget of the village was never enough to solve the problem.
The Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC) and VivaCell-MTS have summed up the results of yet another joint program implemented within the framework of The Alternative Energy Project. An outdoor lighting system, consisting of 65 LED lamps, has been installed in Horbategh community of Vayots Dzor region. As a result of the implemented project, the whole territory of the community has been provided with a street lighting system along 2.300 m area.
On March 28, the environmentally friendly and energy-efficient systems were used for the first time. The Founder of FPWC Ruben Khachatryan, VivaCell-MTS General Manager Ralph Yirikian, head of Horbategh community Gagik Sandrosyan, and community residents attended the launch of the system.
“The thing we try to do with this program is crucially important. This is a challenge and if we overcome it the result will be more than just providing lighting. Civilized and farseeing world strives to downgrade consumerist approach. This, basically, is the shortest and most efficient way of reducing poverty and improving people’s lives. Launching environmentally friendly energy saving system and its long term results are beneficial for everyone,” said VivaCell-MTS General Manager Ralph Yirikian.
The use of latest technologies in environmental protection initiatives promotes nature conservation, energy efficiency and community development.
The environmentally friendly and energy-efficient LED lights will reduce outdoor lighting costs up to 80%. Outdoor lighting will be provided from 21:00 to 00:00 in summer, and from 18:00 to 23:00 in winter. On holidays, street lighting will be provided all night long. LED bulbs are efficient and durable, and last much longer than the regular ones.