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translated by Tinatin Bujiashvili
Shenako is located on the southern slope of the great Caucasus and is situated on 2080m above sea level. In summer a few family lives in the village. Around the village there are grasslands and unique variety of pine woodlands.
The script on the memorial proves impossibility of abandoning the territory By Tushs
Archeological excavations carried out in Shenako revealed a terrace type of settlement characteristic to this mountainous area. People in Shenako preferred natural castles. These are the villages of Old DIklo, Hego, Tsaro, Indurta and etc which are decorated by the towers and castles. We still have the ruins of these villages. These castles and towers defended the population against neighbouring community’s attack. Most of these castles are destroyed now . At the end of the 19th century the traditional tribal and family system with the tower architecture of the region changed. Instead, lowland style home construction became popular for individual families, dominated by houses with open, wooden balconies.
The Shenako Micro Hydropower plant is providing clean, renewable energy to the families living in the village. The construction of the Shenako Micro Hydro Power Plant commenced with the World Bank. With the support of the Ministry of Energy, a transmission line was constructed from the MHP to the village Shenako. During its testing in July 2011, the MHP generated 30 kW. The plant will supply power to the village year round.
People living in Omalo and other villages use solar energy.