Posted: Saturday, July 3, 2021. 8:46 am CST.
By Zoila Palma: The Government of Belize and the European Union (EU) have signed a financing agreement that provides grant funds and technical assistance for electricity projects that use mini-grid and stand-alone solar technology to reach communities whose connections to the national grid are not currently feasible.
The goal is to take electricity to those communities and villages that are unserved and lack access to energy services and are supported by the EU through LAIT UP BELIZE!
“LAIT UP BELIZE” is a project for capacity building in the energy sector. The project also provides grant funding to NGOs and BEL for the improvement of access to energy services in the country.
The Ministry of Public Utilities, Energy and Logistics; the Ministry of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labour and Local Government; the Belize Electricity Limited (BEL); Digi; and the National Village Council Organization (NAVCO) held consultations with stakeholders in San Carlos, Indian Church, Fire Burn villages and the Mennonite communities of Indian Creek, Neuland and Little Belize from June 22 to 24, 2021.
“The consultations will be instrumental in developing a national plan for new electricity projects that may be implemented in partnership with international development partners. The participants focused on the productive uses of energy services such as agro-processing (including corn milling, rice de-husking, coconut oil production, etc.), eco-tourism, business services, irrigation, and refrigeration,” a statement from the government said.
Further consultations will continue across the country to establish a national framework and plan for all unserved communities in Belize.
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