Guyana set to roll out solar PV systems for hinterland homes this week

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In a bid to minimise the country’s carbon footprint while addressing energy disparity, Guyana is poised to begin the distribution of solar photovoltaic (PV) home systems to 30,000 households in its hinterland communities. The Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA), Dr. Mahender Sharma, confirmed that the initial batch of 3,780 systems is slated to be dispatched this week, marking the start of a milestone renewable energy initiative.

Guyana government moving to close energy gap between coast and hinterland

The undertaking, formally known as the ‘30,000 solar home systems’ project, was designed to balance the energy gap between urban and rural areas, simultaneously propelling the nation towards sustainable, eco-friendly power sources. Under this project, a total of 30,000 homes across various regions of the country will receive 150-watt solar PV systems.

According to Dr. Sharma, the initial delivery of systems will be distributed to Regions One (Barima-Waini), Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Four (Demerara-Berbice), and Eight (Potaro-Siparuni). 

The first 3,780 solar PV systems have already reached Guyana, ready for transportation and subsequent installation. Additional shipments needed to reach the project’s ambitious goal of 30,000 systems are projected to land between now and November of this year. The project’s completion is eagerly anticipated for the end of 2023, with successful implementation promising a significant leap forward in the country’s renewable energy landscape.

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