Solar panels are proven to be an effective alternative for generating electricity and heat, especially in places where it is difficult to provide energy
through traditional means. Most of Artsakh’s frontline army posts are situated in such distant locations and have no links to the general electrical
system. As a result, soldiers serving in these key bases have limited or no access to electricity needed to charge essential appliances and equipment.
The need for alternative sources of energy for Artsakh’s frontline bases was already apparent two years ago. Following the 4-Day April War in 2016, the Artsakh Army received a few solar panels from different donors. However, these panels were not sufficient for the needs of soldiers at the frontline, as confirmed during a meeting we had with the Artsakh Ministry of Defense last year.
After further exploring this issue and receiving detailed technical specifications from the Ministry, we set out to start an initiative providing the frontline bases with this much-needed source of energy. The first batch of solar panels arrived to Artsakh in early March, and was soon transported to army bases.
These panels will help ensure that key communication and visibility devices, such as radio sets, cell phones and night-vision devices, are consistently charged and functional, thus helping our soldiers stay safe.
More recently, we partnered with the Armenian Wounded Heroes Fund — an organization dedicated to supporting wounded soldiers — to bring more solar panels and other infrastructure to Artsakh.
2018 was a special year for the Tufenkian Foundation. A few months ago, we celebrated our 15th anniversary of resettling and developing Artsakh. And this week, we marked our 20th year of operations in Armenia.read More
Civil society stakeholders met on November 6 to discuss the key issues facing the mining sector in Armenia. The impacts of mining on the environment, communities, the Armenian economy, and other such factors were discussed during the roundtable held at the American University of Armenia (AUA).read More
Spring-Summer 2018 News Last month, we made another step towards our dream of a fully resettled Artsakh. We gave homes to three young families – families from different parts of the world, with different life stories, but one common dream: to tie their future to Artsakh.read More
Another story about a dream come true for one more family – this time the family of Mher Araqelyan, a wounded soldier who has served in the Artsakh Defense Army for more than 15 years. This family’s dream of a home in Artsakh became true due to the good will and generosity of over 100 individuals from all over the world, who responded to our fundraising call in the beginning of the year.read More