UAE-Funded Rural Electrification Project to be Implemented in Belize Print E-mail
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Thursday, 15 February 2018 00:00

A delegation from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund visited Belize to meet with the Ministry of Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities and village leaders for the implementation of the emPOWER Rural Electrification project (emPOWER project).

The emPOWER project envisions to install 344 kW of solar PV and battery storage in rural villages that currently do not have access to the national electricity grid. The villages selected are Indian Creek, Golden Stream, and Medina Bank. The project is estimated to cost US$2.736 million and is part of the UAE’s $50 million grant fund for renewable energy projects in the Caribbean.

Approximately 3,500 households in Belize do not have access to the national grid, with a total population of about 20,000 people. Universal access to sustainable forms of energy services is recognized as a basis for socio-economic development and fundamental to raising living standards.

Under the Belize Growth and Sustainable Development Strategy, the Government of Belize has as one of its objectives, the achievement of Universal Access through a strategic mixture of the expansion of the national electricity grid and the implementation of renewable technologies in micro grids and standalone solutions.