Opposition Leader Supports Solar Power Plant Agreement with Saudi Arabia
The Leader of the Opposition, Moses “Shyne” Barrow, says he understands the government’s decision to construct a solar power plant for Belize. Last week, the governments of Belize and Saudi Arabia signed an agreement to the tune of 77 million to build a 60-megawatt electric plant. The low-interest loan is a part of the Saudi Fund for Development’s efforts to support sustainable development in developing countries and Small Island Developing States. Today, Barrow explained that he supports the idea but found it interesting that the government’s move came after he spoke about the need for additional renewable energy sources.
Moses “Shyne” Barrow, Leader of the Opposition: “You know that I mentioned renewable energy last week, I believe it was before I met with the or after I met with the British High Commissioner, because I met with the British High Commissioner. I believe, yes, I briefed you guys thereafter and part of our discussions was renewable energy. I met with the US ambassador yesterday, I don’t believe I shared that with the press, but we discussed the MCC Grant that will be hundreds of millions of dollars. I believe they’ve dispersed maybe 20 million so far and that is going into education and energy. And so renewable energy is something that we need to focus on as a nation because as you see with the issues we’re having with Mexico and locking on to this grid and that grid, we have the capacity to create our own energy and be self-reliant.”