Guyana: CARICOM Secretariat headquarters going 100% solar

The CARICOM Secretariat at Turkeyen

On Monday, construction of a photovoltaic power generation system is set to commence.

The project is part of a wider initiative called ‘The Introduction of Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation System in Guyana and CARICOM’, being financed by the Government of Japan.       

The project will include the installation of 400-kilowatt of solar photovoltaic power generator to provide electricity to the secretariat building; a battery and power conditioning system for energy storage and power quality regulation; and an advanced building energy management system to, among other things, provide air conditioning controls and track energy efficiency and indoor air quality.

The implementation phase is set to run from January to August, with commissioning scheduled for September.

“On completion, the secretariat expects its headquarters building to derive 100 percent of its energy from solar-based sources on a majority of its operating days,” CARICOM said yesterday.

The project design is linked to the CARICOM Energy Policy and the regional strategy for sustainable energy.
“It’s expected that the project will be a forerunner to the type of transformation that will happen in member states, as part of the energy transition.”

Monday’s ground-breaking ceremony will feature remarks by Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Karen Cummings; Japan’s Ambassador to Guyana and CARICOM, Tatsuo Hirayama; Japan International Cooperation Agency’s Chief Representative to the Caribbean, Tsutomi Kobayashi, and CARICOM’s Deputy Secretary-General and Chair of the CARICOM Secretariat’s Energy Committee, Ambassador Manorma Soeknandan.

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  • kamtanblog  On 01/19/2020 at 12:57 am

    Congratulations caricom and thanks Japan for the financing !
    Is it an interest free loan in exchange for
    Oil ? All that glitters is not gold.
    Remain sceptical on motives.

    However step in right direction
    Today sands in desert is used to
    convert into solar cells.
    Google FMI

    My solar project in south Spain has been in
    operation 19 years with free electricity since
    it’s installation…not rocket science.

  • brandli62  On 01/19/2020 at 7:25 am

    I could not agree more with Kamtan’s comments! I also have solar photovoltaic panels on the roof of my home in Switzerland. In addition to covering basic electricity needs, it is also used to heat drinking water in a 500-liter water tank. I am currently covering more than 8% of my annual electricity needs with home produced solar power. Keep in mind that countries, like Guyana and Spain, are much more blessed with sunshine than Switzerland. Hence, solar energy is the way to go in these countries. The CARICOM project should serve as a good example for the large-scale adoption of photovoltaic electricity production in Guyana and the Caribbean in general. Sell the oil overseas and used the returns to finance a green revolution in Guyana.

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