BELIZE RURAL ELECTRIFICATION PROJECT
To address climate change issues and aim for a sustainable supply of electricity to the population of three villages in the Toledo district of Belize, a fruitful collaboration between the UAE- Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund (UAE-CREF) has taken place to implement a Hybrid Solar Photovoltaics Power. The new Hybrid Plant combines solar power generation from a photovoltaic system, electricity storage in a Lithium-ion Battery and diesel back-up.
The Belize Rural Electrification Project was financed and developed in partnership with the Government of Belize, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the AbuDhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and Masdar.
The solution is designed to resist very high wind loads and produce clean energy considering the solar power as the primary source thus, generating clean and affordable electricity. The electricity supply will be available 24-hours 7-days thanks to hybrid design (Solar, Battery and Back-up diesel generators).
The new « Hybrid Solar PV Plant » will bring many benefits to the population of the three villages in terms of:
+ Reliable Electricity Supply,
+ Affordable Electricity Supply,
+ Decrease dependence on fossil fuel,
+ Sustainable and Environmentally friendly clean energy source,
+ Job opportunities during the construction phase.
+ Transfer of know-how for the operation of the new Hybrid Power Plant.
Number of local workers/technicians employed during construction: 30 people
The plant achieved practical completion in October 2022