Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Hinterland solar electricity moving ahead despite delays.

AMERINDIAN leaders are meeting at the Guyana International Conference Centre (GICC) for another round of meaningful dialogue with President Bharrat Jagdeo and his Cabinet at the 5th National Toshaos Council (NTC).
At the opening ceremony Monday, President Jagdeo assured the Toshaos that the solar panel project government has identified to bring electricity to households in the hinterland will move ahead as planned, despite the impasse in the disbursement of the forest based carbon incentives earned from Norway.
Cabinet approved the procurement of up to 11,000 65W solar home systems under the Hinterland Electrification Programme.
Recently, the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs distributed 574 solar panels to 16 Amerindian communities in Regions 1, 2 and 9 through the Office of the Prime Minister, under the Un-served Areas Electrification Programme.
The Amerindian Affairs Ministry was tasked over the last year with distributing 1,000 (15-watt) solar panels to 23 communities, and these 16 areas are the first beneficiaries.

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