The Government of Belize received a two point seven million US dollar grant from the United Arab Emirates Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund. Minister of State with responsibility for Public Service, Energy, and Public Utilities Frank Mena is in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, heading a delegation to the Eighth Session of the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency. A bilateral meeting was held between the Delegation from Belize and the Government of the United Arab Emirates to announce the emPOWER Rural Electrification project (emPOWER Project).The emPOWER Project aims to provide renewable energy solutions to assist Belize in achieving universal energy access. This project plans to install three hundred and forty-four kilowatts of solar photovoltaic system and battery storage in rural villages that currently do not have access to the national electricity grid. The villages selected are CriqueSarco, Indian Creek, Gold Stream, and Medina Bank. Belize was one of the seven Caribbean countries awarded grant funding for works to be commenced in the fourth quarter of 2018 and in early 2019.