UNDP donates Solar PV System to GEA

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The Guyana Energy Agency on Wednesday received a substantial donation of solar PV systems from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for its hinterland sustainable energy programme.

A handover agreement was signed between the two agencies for three solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, 12 deep cycle batteries and 18 solar PV panels.

GEA will install the systems totalling approximately G$8.2 million at Kamwatta Primary School (Region 1), Quebanang Health Centre (Region 7) and Sand Creek Primary School (Region 9).

Repairs and upgrades of existing solar PV systems will also be done at several other community/public buildings in the Hinterland.

This initiative promises an affordable, stable and reliable electricity supply for critical buildings such as educational and medical institutions in these unserved communities.

Dr Mahender Sharma receives the Solar PV System donation from Mr. Jairo Valverde Bermudez

Students, teachers, medical staff and residents in these communities are all expected to benefit from the programme with installations to be completed roughly within six months.

At the signing, GEA’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Mahender Sharma expressed sincere gratitude for the renewable energy supplies.  Dr. Sharma highlighted that the gesture is in alignment with the country’s Low Carbon Development agenda and will improve the lives of Hinterland communities.

UNDP’s Resident Representative, Mr. Jairo Valverde Bermudez confirmed UNDP’s commitment to a sustainable and resilient Guyana and to working with all stakeholders towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

He further shared that affordable and clean energy, sustainable cities and communities and climate action aligned directly with the UNDP strategic initiatives and UNDP will continue to support Guyana in achieving these goals.

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