Bright Border: summarizing LEDification and youth involvement

The event highlighted our achievements and triumphs. On May 31, we held a summary event for the “Bright Border” charity project current stage. Highlighting the achieved results, we celebrated our joint efforts with educational institutions, signing MoU’s. The event hosted the leading personnel of universities and high schools that during panel discussions, spoke about the importance of such projects in fostering social responsibility among student, also educating on the energy system and energy efficiency.  

The event also welcomed the community head of Noyemberyan, Karen Abazyan, Felix Melikyan of Koti and Gevorg Vracyan of Berdavan. They mentioned the importance of the project for the community reidents both in its financial and moral-psychological support. The LED lamps have already proven resource-efficient. In the words of Mr. Melikyan, with such projects the rural community feels stronger and more protected. Mr. Vracyan deems vtal the established connection between urban and rural youth. 

The educational institutions all received acknowledgement letters from the Agency and the students received volunteering certificates. 
Koti and Berdavan villages were LEDified in this stage of the project. 
1350 households received 6750 LED lamps. Before the LEDification we held raining sessions on energy efficiency and renewable energy in 8 educational institutions, with 195 students, as well as 5 roundtable discussions with 95 participants.  
 
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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The Armenian Renewable Resources and Energy Efficiency Fund

The Armenian Renewable Resources and Energy Efficiency Fund – R2E2, in the framework of the “Bright Border” project, invites you to a charity dinner at 18:00 on March 24, in Mane restaurant-gallery. 

During the eneving we hope to have an informal discussion on Renewable Energy changes and developments with RA deputy minister of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources, Hayk Harutyunyan.  
 
The donations will be entirely attributed to LEDification of frontier villages of Armenia and Artsakh – free provision of energy-efficient equipment. Until now, the project has been received support of 22 million AMD, helping 3671 households of 19 frontier communities receive 18,000 LED lamps. In the near future three more communitie will be LEDified with UNDP funding. 
 
The “Bright Border” project aims to inform the public on the possibilities of substantial savings with the help of affordable energy-efficient technologies. 
 

To participate in the charity event, please contact the R2E2 fund with the following contact: +37477 018 018 (Ruzan Harutyunyan) 
 
The entrance fee is 30,000 AMD, including the meal, wine, champaign, coffee and tea. Also, we plan to hold an auction of handmade art collection provided by “Mane Tiles”, which will again be allocated to the project. 

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“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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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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INVITATION TO BID on LED lamps supply tender within “Bright Border“

INVITATION TO BID on LED lamps supply tender within “Bright Border”. All eligible candidates are invited to participate in LED lighting equipment supply tender. 

Dear colleagues, the “Armenian Energy Agency” foundation is announcing a tender for LED lamps supply within the “Bright Border” project. The deadline for application is at 17:00 on 25 April, 2019. 

Apply now! 

You can find the announcement attached below with all necessary details about the project and eligibility criteria. The announcement is posted in tender.am.  

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. 

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Trainings about energy saving are held in higher education institutions.


The series of training under the headline “Energy Saving and Efficiency: The Role of “Bright Border” project” started on March 14th from Russian-Armenian university in the scope of “Armenian Energy Agency” foundation’s “Bright Border” project.

More than 30 students were given the opportunity to gain information on the Armenian energy system and development prospects of renewable energy and energy efficiency spheres. Students also had a chance to develop their knowledge on usage advantages of LED lamps and their role as an energy-saving tool. Participants of the training got acquainted with the “Bright Border” project and its accomplishments and gained knowledge on the importance of corporate social responsibility.

In the near future groups of volunteers consisting of trained students will be given the opportunity to participate in awareness-raising events and installation of LED lamps in frontier communities.

From December 1, 2018, until May 31, 2019, the “Bright Border” project of the AEA foundation 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.


Upcoming results of the project are the following:

1200 LEDified households (6000 LED lamps);
590 thousand kWh annual energy savings;
26 million AMD annual utility cost savings;
260 tons of CO2 annual emissions reduced;
Capacity-building of more than 100 beneficiaries;
Awareness raising among more than 5000 beneficiaries.

The results of the “Bright Border” project

More than 5000 households from 27 frontier communities were already provided with over 25 000 high-quality LED lamps, which underwent laboratory testing and are offered with a 3-year warranty. Average energy savings of 27 communities account to 3.750 million kWh (150 million AMD).


“Bright Border” project was launched in November 2016, firstly as a social-voluntary initiative. Since June 2018, the project is under the coordination of “Armenian Energy Agency” foundation as a charity project.

The project’s scope includes the 37 vulnerable communities listed by the RA Government Decision of 15 January 2015 N 30-Ն “On confirming the list of frontier communities with land unutilized because of military action, where activities are tax-exempt”.

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

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«Bright Border» project takes upon the next stage


The “Bright Border” project means to LEDify more 1200 families in frontier communities of Gegharkunik and Tavush regions.

Within this stage of the project, an investment of 6000 LED lamps will be executed in 1200 households with permanent residence of the last three years in frontier communities of Gegharkunik and Tavush regions of RA.

The sub-grant is implemented in the frames of Bridge4CSOs project led by AGBU in partnership with EPF and funded by the European Union.

Upcoming results of the project are the following:

  • 1200 LEDified households (6000 LED lamps);
  • 590 thousand kWh annual energy savings;
  • 26 million AMD annual utility cost savings;
  • 260 tons of CO2 annual emissions reduced;
  • Capacity-building of more than 50 beneficiaries;
  • Awareness-raising among more than 5000 beneficiaries.

The “Bright Border” project has launched in November of 2016 with the following accomplishments:

  • 27 frontier communities LEDified,
  • More than 5 000 households;
  • More than 25 000 LED lamps provided;
  • 120-150 million AMD annual utility cost savings.

In the New year’s Eve of 2018, we launched the “Family to Family” charity initiative in the frame of the project.

The “Bright Border” project’s scope includes the vulnerable communities listed by the RA
Government Decision of 15 January, 2015 N 30-Ն.

With limited household income, such savings in utility expenses results in improved quality of
life within the village communities. The project also envisions public awareness-raising on
energy efficiency aimed to contribute to the sustainable development of the sector.

The sub-grant is implemented in the frames of Bridge4CSOs project led by AGBU in partnership with EPF and funded by the European Union.

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“Family to Family” charity initiative during the holidays!

Within the “Bright Border” project the Armenian Energy Agency foundation launches the “Family to Family” charity event during the New Year’s holidays with the slogan “Donate Energy Efficiency to families in frontier villages!”

This initiative provides the opportunity to gift a tool for energy-efficiency to Armenian families living in frontier villages with high vulnerability.

Rules:

  1. To participate, you need to purchase 1 or more “Family to Family” coupons;
  2. 1 coupon = 5.000 AMD = 1 home LEDified;
  3. 1 coupon ≥ 1․800 AMD monthly energy saving ≥ 21․000 AMD annually;
  4. Number of coupons available: 1 to ∞;
  5. The donor receives the nominal coupon(s), with information of both families attached.

Periodic updates on the official Facebook page of the “Bright Border” project and the “Armenian Energy Agency” foundation official website will ensure a high level of awareness, transparency and accountability.

LED Lamps

  • have a 3-year-long warranty,
  • can be used for more than 10 years,
  • provide ≥ 80% energy efficiency, compared to regular lamps,
  • ensure high-quality lighting,
  • have high quality characteristics,
  • have undergone laboratory testing.

Within the “Family to Family” charity program you can donate by

  • Online purchase (press the “donate” button)
  • Bank transfer (account details in the following link)

Donations can be made as either a natural person, or a legal entity.

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More than 2000 families will be provided with the LED lamps

“Armenian Energy Agency” foundation’s (AEA) “Bright Border” charity project has been awarded for theInnovation Seed Grants Program within the framework of the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU)Bridge for CSOS Project.

More than 200 projects were participating and only 12 projects, which have innovative and socialcomponents have been chosen by the selection committee.

AEA foundation’s General director Mr. Tigran Harutyunyan has highlighted that within the framework of theproject capital investments of 6000 LED lamps is planned for 1,200 families. The tools will providecontinuous energy savings and reduce monthly electricity payments for our compatriots of frontier villages.During the implementation of the project AEA foundation also plans to create tools and mechanisms fordonations through student marathon competitions, accompanied by a series of competitive, specialtyenergy saving training sessions at five educational institutions. AEA seeks to provide more 5,000 energy saving LED lamps to additional 1,000 families in the Tavush region. These tools provide long-term savings, as well as capacity building and improving the quality of life of community households.

The Republic of Armenia has a target increase for energy efficiency of 37.6% by the year 2020.

The “Bright Border” project has supported the government’s state policy on poverty reduction with over25,000 LED lamps provided to more than 5,000 families in 27 communities, with an average annual savingsof over 3.5 million kWh of electricity.

The “Bright Border” initiative is one of the key directions at the agency aimed at Poverty Reduction.

The Agency is implementing the “Bright Border” program with a new approach to addressing social issues, implementing capital investments and capacity building. Currently, the project is unique in its direction or scope for this type of strategy within the Republic of Armenia. 

The sub-grant is implemented in the frames of Bridge4CSOs project led by AGBU in partnership with EPF and funded by the European Union.

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“Electric Networks of Armenia” CJSC has donated 10,300,000 AMD


The “Electric Networks of Armenia” CJSC has contributed to the implementation of the “Bright Border” project with a generous donation of 10,300,000 AMD which provides more than 47 mln 906 thousand AMD annual savings on electricity bills (annual energy savings of 1,065,065 kWh) in the frontier villages. The project beneficiaries, the 2,169 families in frontier communities have received a long-term investment in energy efficiency in the form of 10,845 LED lamps․

The Republic of Armenia has a target increase of energy efficiency of 37.6% by the year 2020.

As a result of the Project, more than 5,000 families from 27 border villages have already received 25,000 high quality, laboratory tested LED lamps with a three-year service warranty. On average, annual energy savings within these 27 communities total over 3,750 million kWh (150 million drams).

In the forthcoming term, it is expected that 1200 more households in frontier communities will be LEDified. The 6000 LED lamps provided to the villages will ensure more than 26 million 504 thousand AMD annual savings on electricity bills (energy savings of 589,248 kWh per year). The “Bright Border” initiative is one of the key directions at the Agency aimed at Household Poverty Mitigation.

The Armenian Energy Agency is implementing the “Bright Border” program with a new approach to addressing social issues, implementing capital investments and capacity building. Currently, the project is unique in its direction and scope for this type of strategy within the Republic of Armenia.

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