Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA), Dr. Mahender Sharma, told Indigenous leaders on Tuesday the government will start rolling out a massive solar project for hinterland communities by early 2023.
The initiative, announced over a year ago, will see 30,000 150-watt solar photovoltaic units being installed in hinterland communities, with batteries and lighting kits.
It is being funded through a line of credit of US$7.2 million from the Government of India. Senior Finance Minister, Dr. Ashni Singh signed an agreement to receive the line of credit last year.
The announcement of the starting period comes as leaders of Indigenous communities, called Toshaos, gather in Guyana’s capital to discuss issues that impact their communities.
President Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali assured them that the proceeds of oil and gas, and the implementation of the government’s Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) 2030 will greatly benefit them.
Vice President Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo announced Monday that oil revenues will be used to establish diagnostic centres in multiple hinterland communities.