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Nov 4, 2021

Renewable Energy Programs For Rural Belize

Currently, thirty-six rural communities across Belize are without electricity. Out of that number, twenty-eight do want it in their villages because they are cut off from the level of communication the rest of the country enjoy. Access to proper education and health care are also hindered without power and the use of kerosene lamps and the constant extraction of wood from the forest to create fires creates a further strain on the environment. But as Belize works to increase electrification, renewable energy sources are also becoming a reality for off-the-grid areas. This was among the topics this morning on Channel Five’s Open Your Eyes.


Ryan Cobb

Ryan Cobb, Energy Director, Public Utilities, Energy, Logistics

“When it comes to specifically getting access to these communities, we are actually starting to make great waves, particularly when it comes to micro grids. These communities are very far off from Belize’s main grid. We are coming in and we are installing solar panels, centralized panels to produce power. BEL has partnered with us to put in the distribution lines so that then families can connect to this power grid and have access to powers, just like any other Belizean in any other part of the country.”


Rodwell Ferguson

Rodwell Ferguson, Minister of Public Utilities, Energy, and Logistics

“We started a program, I think in Indian Creek, Medians Bank and Golden Stream that was sponsored by the United Arab Emirates. That should be in completion within the next six months. That should be on stream and provide electricity to them. We also started a program in Corazon Creek in Toledo, because a majority of them are in Toledo District that don’t have any access. So, that is on stream right now. And then, just about a month ago we did a tour with LAIT UP Belize, this is from the European Union. And, we are now identifying another six, because they have a thirty million dollars project, which is a grant to reach out to six more communities.”

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