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UAE-funded Rural Electrification Project to be Implemented in Belize

Posted: Friday, February 9, 2018. 10:33 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: A delegation from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund are in 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 aims 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.

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