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San Benito Poite embarks on a bright future with BEL’s mini-grid electrification project

Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2024. 2:23 pm CST.

By Horace Palacio: The village of San Benito Poite in the Toledo District reached a significant milestone in community development as they signed a consent agreement with Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) on Saturday, January 13, 2024. This agreement, in collaboration with the Government of Belize, marks the launch of an electrification initiative set to transform the village.

This ambitious project is part of a wider Rural Electrification Project funded by a grant of 4.5 million Euros from the European Union (EU), complemented by a 0.5 million Euros contribution from BEL, totaling an investment of 11 million Belize Dollars. The project’s aim is to deliver electricity to five remote villages across Belize, enhancing the lives of residents with the provision of safe, reliable, and sustainable energy.

San Benito Poite has the distinction of being the first of three villages in the Toledo District to formalize their participation in the project through the signing of the consent agreement. This pivotal move paves the way for every home in the village to access electrification, a fundamental component in the progress of modern conveniences and economic development.

The signing event, orchestrated by the Government of Belize, was a momentous occasion attended by BEL representatives, village leaders, Government officials, and members of LAIT UP Belize. The successful implementation of this mini-grid will be a testament to the power of collaborative effort. The mini-grid will be powered by an innovative mix of hybrid solar, diesel, and battery storage technologies, reflecting the commitment to environmental sustainability.

BEL will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the mini-grid schemes, ensuring that the community benefits from consistent and efficient energy services. As the project moves forward, BEL and the Government of Belize continue to engage in consultations with residents and leaders from other remote communities in the Toledo District. These discussions are crucial for the expansion of the Rural Electrification Project, as they identify more villages to reap the benefits of this groundbreaking initiative.

San Benito Poite’s agreement signing heralds a new era for the village, illuminating the path to progress and prosperity. This mini-grid electrification is more than just infrastructure development; it is a beacon of hope for a sustainable and empowered future for the residents of San Benito Poite and the broader Toledo District.

 

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