Guyana to promote the use of renewable energy sources with IDB and Norway support

By Rumi Samuel Published on June 22, 2022
Guyana to promote the use of renewable energy sources with IDB and Norway support

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says Guyana will promote its energy matrix diversification by promoting climate-resilient renewable energy sources used in the electricity generation matrix to avoid deforestation and face climate change.

The IDB said the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country would do so with a non-reimbursable investment financing of up to US$83.3 million approved by the Washington-based financial institution with funds from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation.

The IDB has been supporting the Government of Guyana in developing the energy sector through the financing of several renewable energy activities. “Building on this, the country will now make a transformational leap towards decarbonisation by expediting climate-resilient renewable energy in the electricity generation matrix,” it added.

The Guyana Utility-Scale Solar Photovoltaic Program (GUYSOL) will invest in eight utility-scale, photovoltaic solar projects totalling 33MWp with associated 34MWh energy storage systems distributed across three areas in the country.

Specifically, it will invest in 10MWp in the Berbice area, an 8MWp project in the Essequibo system with a minimum of 12MWh battery storage and a 15MWp plant connected to the Linden system, with a minimum of 22MWh battery storage.

The eight projects will contribute to avoiding CO2 emissions, lowering electricity cost generation, and supporting a substantial transition to generation based on renewable energy sources.

The program will also support a step-change concerning the digitalisation of Essequibo and Linden electrical systems, moving them from manual systems towards real-time, automated monitoring and control, improving efficiency, reliability, and stability.

Alongside these investments in infrastructure, the GUYSOL Program will encourage diversity and inclusion in the maintenance and management of renewable infrastructure, developing local skills and apprenticeships with a focus on opportunities for women.

The IDB said by 2025, in line with Guyana’s Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS), more than 265 000 customers within the Demerara-Berbice Interconnected System and Linden and Essequibo systems will benefit from reinforced reliability of electricity supply and modernisation of systems.

It said that Guyana Power and Light Inc. (GPL) and the Linden Electricity Company Inc. (LECI) would also benefit from using solar photovoltaic technology to displace significant amounts of fossil fuels and reduce generation costs.

“This operation is in line with Vision 2025 – Reinvesting in the Americas: A Decade of Opportunities, created by the IDB to achieve recovery and inclusive growth in Latin America and the Caribbean in the areas of the digital economy, gender and inclusion, and climate change,” the IDB added.

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