As Belize continues to grow in both population and tourism, finding methods to implement renewable energy in the development sector become even more important.
What is Renewable Energy?
Renewable energy is a natural resource or source of energy that is not depleted by use. Examples are water, wind, and solar (sunlight). The Government of Belize has identified Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency (RE/EE) as a priority area for reducing energy intensity levels in Belize. Energy intensity is measured by the quantity of energy required per unit activity. Using less energy to produce a product reduces the intensity. Energy efficiency improves when a given level of service is provided with low amounts of energy.
There are two main benefits to putting renewal energy into practice.
1) Supplying Belize with clean, renewable and affordable energy at quantities to replace all power being imported.
2) Exporting clean renewable energy to the open-market SIEPAC network. SIEPAC (Central American Electrical Interconnection System, or Spanish - Sistema de Interconexión Eléctrica de los Países de América Central) is an interconnection of the power grids of six Central American nations which does not include Belize.
Renewable energy is not a new subject in Belize. In 2001, there was a forum held on strengthening the capacity in renewable energy for Central America. It produced a 38-page report which you can see here - First National Forum on Small-Scale Renewal Energy in Belize. The the Government of Belize' (GOB) Strategic Plan 2012-2017 mentioned integrating energy, science, and technology into national development planning to promote sustainable development. These renewable sources alone would likely be able to satisfy Belize’s entire energy demand.
Since March 2017, several schools in Belize have benefited from an effort by a group of Ambergris Caye expats and a U.S. based team from Kenyon College. They provided free installation of solar panels (after the purchase at a greatly reduced rate). There are currently 11 schools throughout Belize that have installed solar energy panels. In June 2018, The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (MTCA) and the Development Finance Corporation (DFC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote the implementation of RE/EE technologies in the tourism sector.
The Renewable Energy Loan program was established to assist businesses with the initial funding required to make a switch to a renewal energy source. The loans cover costs from solar panels and wind turbines to rainwater recycling and low flow toilets and faucets. Although the tag line for the loan program is “Making Business Happen” the loans may be used for private homes as well. See how you may qualify – Renewable Energy Loans.
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