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With the commissioning today of the one-megawatt solar farm residents of Lethem, Region Nine, (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) should have access to more reliable and cleaner energy.
The farm, which is situated behind the Lethem Power Company, is projected to reduce the need for about 3,000 of the 12,000 barrels of diesel annually by the Power Company.
Minister within the Public Works Ministry, Deodat Indar, made the announcement on Thursday at the International Solar Alliance (ISA) 4th Regional Committee Meeting, being hosted in Guyana from August 3rd to August 5th
The commissioning, according to the minister, is expected to bring the township closer to becoming 100 per cent powered by renewable energy. The project, which falls under the Energy Matrix Diversification and Strengthening of the Department of Energy programme, is funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
In addition to the Lethem solar plant, Minister Indar said, micro-grids totaling 2.23 megawatts are underway at Moco Moco and Kumu, Region Nine, and Kato in Region Eight.