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BEL and the EU Partner to Light Up Rural Communities

The European Union (EU) has signed an agreement with Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) for a grant of just over ten million Belize dollars. The grant has been earmarked to fund a Rural Electrification Project for five remote villages in Belize. Over the next three years, BEL, as the implementing partner, will construct the mini-grids in villages that are currently without electricity. The project will provide for more than 550 households, businesses and public services with access to safe, reliable and sustainable energy services. EU Ambassador, Marianne Van Steen explained that access to electricity is an opportunity for isolated communities to develop agricultural transformation activities and generate additional income sources. She elaborated on the EU’s role in ensuring these objectives are met.

In preparation for this project, the Belize Electricity Limited, the Government of Belize representatives and other stakeholders have visited and consulted with residents and leaders in remote and developing communities across the country. During the visits, the officials took into consideration their unique needs and distance from the national electricity grid. BEL’s General Manager, Commercial & Retail Services, Sean Fuller discussed some of the technical components necessary to ensure the success of the project.

The Belize Electricity Limited is contributing some one point one million dollars to the project. Love News understands that this initiative is based on a national framework for providing access to electricity for all unserved villages in Belize and is aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 7 “Affordable and Clean Energy for All”.