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Inauguration of La Gracia Smart Solar Grid Energy Project Print E-mail
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Thursday, 25 May 2017 00:00

Hon. Frank Mena, Minister of Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities, along with Dario Mendez, Chairman of La Gracia Village, Cayo, inaugurated a Smart Solar off-grid rural electrification project in the village, the first of its kind in the country. This took place on Wednesday, May 23, 2017 in an effort to provide access to electricity for all Belizeans. Rural electrification using solar powered off-grid systems has been identified as a key component in the strategic plan.

This state-of-the-art system will provide electricity to more than 45 households. One benefit of the system is that it has the capacity to increase supply to meet future demand. This system will be monitored and operated remotely for efficiency and effectiveness.

The primary objective of the project is to provide opportunities for economic development by giving communities the tools to reach their full potential. A six to twelve month phase will give the ministry administrative, social, and technical opportunities to monitor the system.

The project was implemented at a cost of approximately BZ$700,000 with support from many donor organisations including the Government of Switzerland, Government of the United Kingdom, Public Utilities Commission, and Government of Belize. It will provide information on best practices for system design, implementation, and administration for extension to the rest of the country.