“Bright Border” hosted at Europe Days 2019 in Dilijan

Today, May 18, Dilijan hosted the Europe Days. The “Bright Border” project was among those presented at the forum. The AEA foundation team was acompanied by our fellow volunteers who have worked on LEDification of Koti and Berdavan villages and are equipped with basic knowledge on Energy Saving and Efficiency. They were happy to present the project to visitors, share their knowledge on LED Lighting, energy efficiency and energy sector developments. The interactive forum included on-the-spot comparison of LED energy-efficient and incandescent lamps․ In this project stage, all permanent households of Koti and Berdavan frontier villages in Tavush were provided 5 LED lamps each, amounting to 6750 LED lamps to 1350 households.

From December 1, 2018, until May 31, 2019, the “Bright Border” project will be executed with the sub-grant implemented in the frames of Bridge4CSOs project led by AGBU in partnership with EPFand funded by the European Union.

The partner of Bright border project is ”Young Engineering Association” NGO.

As every year the visitors of Europe Days forum had the opportunity to learn more about Europe and European Union-funded projects in Armenia, to get acquainted with project achievements, enjoyed good music, participated in various contests and received surprises. The event was welcomed by the EU Ambassador Pyotr Svitalski and Mayor of Dilijan, Armen Santrosyan.

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Berdavan frontier village is LEDified by “Bright Border”


On May 5, in the framework of the “Bright Border” charity project, households of the Koti frontier village in Tavush region were each provided 5 high-quality, 3-year-warranty LED lamps. On the whole, 4480 LED lamps were provided to 896 families. The volunteers team of 35, with the Armenian Energy Agency correspondents, personally visited the families and placed the energy efficient lighting, sharing their knowledge on energy conservation and efficiency.

Before the main process, in a Round-Table discussion, the AEA team discussed the challenges of the RA Energy Sector, the importance of energy efficiency in facing them, and the role of LED lighting in fighting energy poverty. The “Bright Border” project was presented with its goal and objectives. The talk resulted in idea generation with various possible solutions. The administrative head of the village, Felix Meliqyan, and the head of Noyemberyan enlarged the community, Karen Abazyan, were present at the discussion, assisting on the execution of the project and sharing their knowledge on the village and its prideful route. Koti borders Azerbaijan in 38km length, across from Mazam Gharakhlu, Sash Salakhlu, Alpout, and 4 other villages, in a bit distance from the city of Ghazakh.

The local governors and residents of the community were present at and assisted with the LEDification, sharing about Berdavan’s history, challenges and heroic past. Berdavan (formerly Ghalachha) is located in Tavush region, several hundred meters from the Armenian-Azerbaijani border.

The team of volunteers included students from educational institutions that in March to April took part in the training series “Energy Saving and Efficiency: The Role of the “Bright Border” project” of the Armenian Energy Agency. The participants represented the Shirakatsy Lyceum, the National Academy of Sciences International Scientific-educational Centre, PhysMath school after A. Shahinyan, Armenian National Polytechnic University and High School et al. The team also involved volunteers from previous LEDification events.

The volunteers were proud to be a part of such an initiative. have their input in the execution of the project, to have the chance to share the knowledge they gained during training and were proud to get acquainted with the lifestyle, challenges, and stories of frontier community residents. Most of the volunteers who were visiting a frontier village for the first time made friends with the local children; they were especially impressed by the powerful spirit of the villagers, their patriotism and loyalty. Most of them expressed interest to revisit with other initiatives in mind. 

The residents of Koti were grateful and happy about the project and the attention it would attract. Hopefully, they noted, that the LED lighting would ease their financial burden. The Bright Border project aims to LEDify 37v frontier communities, most of which are already completed. 

Communities were selected in accordance with the RA Government Decision from January 15, 2015, N 30-N “On Approval for the List of Border Communities with Lands Not Useable as a Result of Combat Operations and whose Activities are Tax Exempt”.

“Bright Border” was launched on November 2016 as a volunteer-social initiative. Since June 2018, this charity program has been coordinated by the Armenian Energy Agency.

From December 1, 2018, until May 31, 2019, the “Bright Border” project will be executed with the sub-grant implemented in the frames of Bridge4CSOs project led by AGBU in partnership with EPF and funded by the European Union.

The partner of Bright border project is ”Young Engineering Association” NGO.

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Koti frontier village is LEDified by “Bright Border”


On May 5, in the framework of the “Bright Border” charity project, households of the Koti frontier village in Tavush region were each provided 5 high-quality, 3-year-warranty LED lamps. On the whole, 2270 LED lamps were provided to 454 families. The volunteers team of 35, with the Armenian Energy Agency correspondents, personally visited the families and placed the energy efficient lighting, sharing their knowledge on energy conservation and efficiency.

Before the main process, in a Round-Table discussion, the AEA team discussed the challenges of the RA Energy Sector, the importance of energy efficiency in facing them, and the role of LED lighting in fighting energy poverty. The “Bright Border” project was presented with its goal and objectives. The talk resulted in idea generation with various possible solutions. The administrative head of the village, Felix Meliqyan, and the head of Noyemberyan enlarged the community, Karen Abazyan, were present at the discussion, assisting on the execution of the project and sharing their knowledge on the village and its prideful route. Koti borders Azerbaijan in 38km length, across from Mazam Gharakhlu, Sash Salakhlu, Alpout, and 4 other villages, in a bit distance from the city of Ghazakh.

The team of volunteers included students from educational institutions that in March to April took part in the training series “Energy Saving and Efficiency: The Role of the “Bright Border” project” of the Armenian Energy Agency. The participants represented the Shirakatsy Lyceum, the National Academy of Sciences International Scientific-educational Centre, PhysMath school after A. Shahinyan, Armenian National Polytechnic University and High School et al. The team also involved volunteers from previous LEDification events.

The volunteers were proud to be a part of such an initiative. have their input in the execution of the project, to have the chance to share the knowledge they gained during training and were proud to get acquainted with the lifestyle, challenges, and stories of frontier community residents. Most of the volunteers who were visiting a frontier village for the first time made friends with the local children; they were especially impressed by the powerful spirit of the villagers, their patriotism and loyalty. Most of them expressed interest to revisit with other initiatives in mind. 

The residents of Koti were grateful and happy about the project and the attention it would attract. Hopefully, they noted, that the LED lighting would ease their financial burden. The Bright Border project aims to LEDify 37v frontier communities, most of which are already completed. 

Communities were selected in accordance with the RA Government Decision from January 15, 2015, N 30-N “On Approval for the List of Border Communities with Lands Not Useable as a Result of Combat Operations and whose Activities are Tax Exempt”.

“Bright Border” was launched on November 2016 as a volunteer-social initiative. Since June 2018, this charity program has been coordinated by the Armenian Energy Agency.

From December 1, 2018, until May 31, 2019, the “Bright Border” project will be executed with the sub-grant implemented in the frames of Bridge4CSOs project led by AGBU in partnership with EPF and funded by the European Union.

The partner of Bright border project is ”Young Engineering Association” NGO.

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Two More Round-Table Discussions in the Framework of Bright Border


On April 27 and 28, the Armenian Energy Agency foundation (Armenian Energy Agency) held two Round-Table talks in the frame of the “Bright Border” charity project (Լուսավոր Սահման – Bright Border); the first one was conducted with the “Young Engineers Association” NGO, the second with Energy Sector specialists and other participants with varying professional backgrounds. 

The participants discussed the energy market, the Armenian Energy Sector, and its challenges. They also talked about the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency sector specifications and development prospects; the process was accompanied by practical knowledge thanks to their expertise. The highlight was on the importance of energy efficiency and LED lighting with its advantages as an energy-saving tool.

Some of the guests were active supporters of Bright Border, so they got acquainted with the current stage of the project, expected outcomes and expansion horizons. Both YEA NGO member and sector specialists expressed their interest to participate in the upcoming LEDification of Koti and Berdavan frontier villages on May 5. 

From December 1, 2018, until May 31, 2019, the “Bright Border” project will be executed with the sub-grant implemented in the frames of Bridge4CSOs project led by AGBU in partnership with EPF and funded by the European Union.

The partner of Bright border project is ”Young Engineering Association” NGO.

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Energy Efficiency and Bright Border: Round-Table discussions


On March 21, in the framework of the “Bright Border” project (Լուսավոր Սահման – Bright Border), the “Armenian Energy Agency” foundation (Armenian Energy Agency) held a round-table talk with representatives from 7 RA regions and Artsakh, including from Shirak (Gyumri and Krashen residents), Lori (Vanadzor and Alaverdi), Syunik (Kapan), Aragatsotn (Talin and Ashtarak), Gegharkunik (Gavar, Lchashen and Vardenik) and else.

All 30 participants were social activists: social entrepreneurs, NGO directors, educators/trainers of different spheres, specialists in public relations, farmers, etc. They all contribute significantly to the development of their respective communities. The discussion succeeded thanks to the variation in age, geolocation, experience, and interests of participants; it was full of constructive comments and offers of cooperation. The project manager and co-founder of the “Youth is Power” NGO, Narine Teknejyan, presented the purpose, objectives, achievements, and prospects of the “Bright Border”. 

Moreover, they discussed the importance of energy efficiency and the advantages of LED lighting as an energy-saving tool. There were some suggestions to extend the project to economically vulnerable other communities as well. The project manager proposed to implement an impact assessment and organize an offer to the Agency.

From December 1, 2018, until May 31, 2019, the “Bright Border” project will be executed with the sub-grant implemented in the frames of Bridge4CSOs project led by AGBU in partnership with EPF and funded by the European Union.

The partner of Bright border project is ”Young Engineering Association” NGO.

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Energy Efficiency training in the Quantum college

On April 22, in the framework of the Bright Border project of the Armenian Energy Agency foundation, the subsequent training was held in the “Quantum” college.

The participants of the session were pre-registered students who expressed their interests toward the topic and the subsequent Ledification events. In an informal methodological framework, they got acquainted with the energy sector and its foreseeable challenges with a specialist. The students gained knowledge of the Armenian Energy Sector, development prospects of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. Furthermore, the training contributed to the students’ capacity building on LED lighting and its advantages as an energy-saving.

The participants learned about the objectives of the “Bright Border” project, the achieved results and the action plan, taking into account the importance of social responsibility. The students will have the opportunity to participate in LEDification and awareness-raising procedures in the frontier communities.

From December 1, 2018, until May 31, 2019, the “Bright Border” project will be executed with the sub-grant implemented in the frames of Bridge4CSOs project led by AGBU in partnership with EPF and funded by the European Union.

The partner of Bright border project is ”Young Engineering Association” NGO.

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April 18: Another training course in the Polytech High School

On April 18, in the framework of the Bright Border project of the Armenian Energy Agencyfoundation, the subsequent training was held in the Polytech High School.

The participants of the session were pre-registered pupils who expressed their interests toward the topic and the subsequent Ledification events. In an informal discussion with the field specialist, they got acquainted with the energy sector and its foreseeable challenges. The students gained knowledge of the Armenian Energy Sector, development prospects of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. Furthermore, the training contributed to the students’ capacity building on LED lighting and its advantages as an energy-saving.

The participants learned about the objectives of the “Bright Border” project, the achieved results and the action plan, taking into account the importance of social responsibility. They will have the opportunity to participate in LEDification and awareness-raising procedures in the frontier communities. Some have already expressed their intent in participation.

From December 1, 2018, until May 31, 2019, the “Bright Border” project will be executed with the sub-grant implemented in the frames of Bridge4CSOs project led by AGBU in partnership with EPF and funded by the European Union.

The partner of Bright border project is ”Young Engineering Association” NGO.

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Bright Border training held in the Polytechnic high school


On April 17, in the framework of the Bright Border project of the Armenian Energy Agencyfoundation, the subsequent training was held in the RA National Academy of Sciences International Scientific-Educational Center.

The participants of the session were young scientists with different specializations, university students, as well as energy sector experts who contributed to the effectiveness of the training with their specialized practical knowledge. They discussed the energy sector and its foreseeable challenges, gained knowledge of the Armenian Energy Sector, development prospects of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. Furthermore, the training contributed to the participants’ capacity building on LED lighting and its advantages as an energy-saving.

They learned about the objectives of the “Bright Border” project, the achieved results and the action plan, taking into account the importance of social responsibility. Despite their dense schedules, the scientists and students expressed interest to participate in LEDification and awareness-raising procedures in the frontier communities and to provide limited financial support to the project.

From December 1, 2018, until May 31, 2019, the “Bright Border” project will be executed with the sub-grant implemented in the frames of Bridge4CSOs project led by AGBU in partnership with EPF and funded by the European Union.

The partner of Bright border project is ”Young Engineering Association” NGO.

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Another training course in the PhysMath special school


On April 16, in the framework of the Bright Border project of the Armenian Energy Agencyfoundation, the subsequent training was held in the PhysMath special school in the name of A. Shahinyan.

The participants of the session were pre-registered pupils who expressed their interests toward the topic and the subsequent Ledification events. In an informal methodological framework, they got acquainted with the energy sector and its foreseeable challenges with a specialist. The students gained knowledge of the Armenian Energy Sector, development prospects of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. Furthermore, the training contributed to the students’ capacity building on LED lighting and its advantages as an energy-saving. The participants learned about the objectives of the “Bright Border” project, the achieved results and the action plan, taking into account the importance of social responsibility. The students will have the opportunity to participate in LEDification and awareness-raising procedures in the frontier communities.

From December 1, 2018, until May 31, 2019, the “Bright Border” project will be executed with the sub-grant implemented in the frames of Bridge4CSOs project led by AGBU in partnership with EPF and funded by the European Union.

The partner of Bright border project is ”Young Engineering Association” NGO.

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Another training course in the “Global Bridge” Educational Centre


“Energy Saving and Efficiency: The Role of the “Bright Border” project” series of training continue successfully. On April 3, in the framework of the Bright Border project of the Armenian Energy Agency foundation, the subsequent training was held in the Global Bridge Educational Center.

The participants of the session were pre-registered pupils who expressed their interests toward the topic. They discussed and gained knowledge on the Armenian Energy Sector, development prospects of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, also taking part in capacity building on LED lighting and its advantages as an energy-saving tool. The students learned about the objectives of the “Bright Border” project, the achieved results and the action plan, taking into account the importance of social responsibility. The students will have the opportunity to participate in LEDification and awareness-raising procedures in the frontier communities.

From December 1, 2018, until May 31, 2019, the “Bright Border” project will be executed with the sub-grant implemented in the frames of Bridge4CSOs project led by AGBU in partnership with EPF and funded by the European Union.

The partner of Bright border project is ”Young Engineering Association” NGO.

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