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Oct 6, 2021

“Lait Up Belize” Bringing Electricity to Remote Villages

In Belize, ninety percent of the population has access to a reliable source of electricity, but there are still some two thousand households, or about thirteen thousand people, that do not have access. Through the European Union’s “Lait Up Belize” project, those homes, in thirty-six villages across the country are to acquire access to electricity. A ten point six million dollar grant is being invested to bring solar energy to electrify several villages in the remotest parts of the country.

 

Rodwell Ferguson

Rodwell Ferguson, Minister of Public Utilities, Energy & Logistics

“A survey and the survey will determine which village should go first based on the survey about certain criteria. And in the first phase from the European Union, they have funding for four point five million Euros; that will be only able to suffice six villages so we have to figure out which villages meet the criteria to go with them first. And we can’t go with all six in Toledo because there are other villages across the country which are saying that they are concentrating only in the south.  So let’s hope that as we complete the six villages that the funding will come on stream to ensure that we reach out to the other twenty-two villages that want electricity within their community. The access from the main grid is sometime far from theses remote villages so what we do is combine solar with battery and we commit to offer the similar electricity that B.E.L. offers across the country. This is a partnership with the funders and B.E.L. so B.E.L. by itself contributes a small portion and after the funders have gone, they’ll have to manage it and make sure they provide electricity to the people in those regions. The pricing per kilowatt will be the same as anybody across the country because you are getting the same amount of electricity.”

 

The monies collected from these villages will be used by B.E.L. to ensure that the installations are maintained and serviced.


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