La Gracia village taps into energy from the sun Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 June 2017 00:00

A key milestone for the electrification of Belize’s remote areas was recently achieved in La Gracia Village, a community just due East of Valley of Peace village. Government with counterpart funding from the United Kingdom and the Swiss Government has inaugurated a first of its kind Photo Voltaic Smart Grid, a 24 kilowatt system, which now powers some 45 households in La Gracia. At a cost of 700 thousand Belize dollars, the joint project has now made it possible for each such home in La Gracia to obtain 120 volts-- just like their friends in the urban areas.

Present for the inaugural ceremony were British High Commissioner  to Belize, His Excellency Peter Hughes, Minister of Works, Hon. Rene Montero and Minister of State with responsibility for Energy and Public Utilities, the Hon. Frank Mena.

In his presentation, the Hon. Frank Mena said: “Harnessing the power of the sun and using the energy as a springboard for agriculture, for education, for health and of course for prosperity.

“Your government works for all the people my friends and we want to use lessons we learned here in La Gracia to help us to take this electricity, this energy to every corner of our beloved country.”

Representative for the Cayo Central Division, the Hon. Rene Montero also joined in saying:

“Today will mark another milestone in your development, but this will not be the only development this village will ever have, this is in fact just the beginning of many more projects to come.”

Villagers from La Gracia can now tap on the endless and clean photonic energy from the sun and the reverberations of that reality will be felt by many generations to come. As surmised by his Excellency Peter Huges, “It is incredible to think that the basic human right of access to information, which so many living in cities and large towns enjoy every day will now be a right for every villager in La Gracia through this project. They will no longer be limited by where they live with the basic necessity of electricity to help them communicate with the world outside.”

In a statement from the office of the Cayo Central Division,  a special thank you has gone to the Hon. Frank Mena,  Minister of State in the Ministry of Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities and to his Chief Executive Officer Dr. Peter Allen “…for being there every step of the way to ensure this project’s success.”