Guyana Saving Power, Shedding Light Into Darkness, With Solar Street Lamps.

Photo: GIS. In a simple ceremony, the solar streetlights were handed over to local authorities for installation.
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The community of Kwebanna, in the Moruca sub-district, Region One, received 40 solar-powered street lights valued at Guyanese $3 million. This would be roughly US $15,000 or US$375 per lamp.

This is in keeping with the government’s agenda to ensure hinterland communities are energy-secure.

These lights will help to enhance the safety and security of the residents, businesses, and other socio-economic activities.

Solar street lights are raised light sources which are powered by solar panels generally mounted on the lighting structure or integrated into the pole itself. The solar panels charge a rechargeable battery, which powers a fluorescent or during the night.

Each street light can have its own photo voltaic panel, independent of other street lights. Alternately, a number of panels can be installed as a central power source on a separate location and supply power to a number of street lights.

All-in-one type solar street lights are gaining popularity due to their compact design which incorporates all of the parts necessary in a compact manner including the battery.

The distribution fulfils part of the request made by Kwebanna’s Toshao, Troy Peters, during last year’s National Toshaos Council (NTC) Conference.

During the simple handing-over ceremony at the information and communication technology (ICT) hub, Saturday afternoon, Toshao Peters commended the government for its prompt response to delivering the solar lights.

“I am happy that we received these solar lamps based on our request at the village council level…which will benefit my people,” he expressed.

Ten solar lights will be installed within the proximity of the waterfront area, while the remaining 30 will be placed along the road network in the community.

Minister of Housing and Water, Collin Croal, highlighted that these lights will be placed strategically across the community.

Last year, 261 solar photovoltaic panels were distributed in Kwebanna to improve electricity access.

The community also has a mini solar farm.

Meanwhile, various developmental projects are also underway in the community including a concrete road network spanning from Santa Rosa to Kwebanna, expansion of the health facility, and construction of the Kwebanna Secondary School.

“Kwebanna in itself is a hub for the Barama River communities and nearby villages…So, in a few weeks when you drive or ride in here in the nights, it will be very bright,” Minister Croal said.

The implementation of initiatives like these aligns with the government’s overall aim to improve the lives of Guyanese by making communities across the nation safer.

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