| Posted; Thursday, January 18, 2018. 10:09 a.m. CST.
By BBN Staff:Minister of State with responsibility for Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities Frank Mena is heading a delegation to the Eighth Session of the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), which commenced on January 13, 2018.
On Sunday, January 14, 2018, a bilateral meeting was held between the Delegation from Belize and the Government of the United Arab Emirates to announce the emPOWER Rural Electrification project (emPOWER Project).
The emPOWER Project aims to provide renewable energy solutions to assist Belize in achieving universal energy access.
This project plans 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 (Crique Sarco, Indian Creek, Gold Stream, and Medina Bank).
The project is estimated to cost US$2.736 million and is in alignment with Belize’s Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP), which sets a goal of universal access to energy services by 2030.
The Government of Belize intends to install smart solar PV, battery storage, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) off-grid system and stand-alone solar PV systems (SAS) to remote communities to provide energy services and electricity.
The UAE announced the landmark $50 million grant fund for renewable energy projects in the Caribbean, launched by Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation.
The UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund represents one of the largest-ever, single investments in the region’s clean energy sector, as well as a significant deepening of bilateral relationships between the UAE and Caribbean countries.
Belize was one of the seven Caribbean countries awarded grant funding for works to be commenced in the fourth quarter of 2018 and in early 2019.
The other Caribbean countries eligible to tap into the UAE fund are Guyana, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Saint Lucia.
IRENA is an intergovernmental organization that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy.
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