The Government of Guyana expended a sum of $8 billion, of the $8.9 billion budgeted for 2019 to prioritise energy, especially renewable energy. This is critical to catalysing development within the green state agenda, the government’s “End of Year Outcome” report stated.
The report listed several “key highlights” of the energy sector. These include:
- Construction, final testing and commissioning of the 20-kilowatt hydropower plant at Hosororo, Region 1;
- Installation of 462 stand-alone solar powered streetlamps across the ten administrative regions;
- Rehabilitation of solar photovoltaic systems at Dredge Creek and Hackney Primary Schools – Region 2; La Harmonie Primary School – Region 3; President’s College
Dormitory and Long Creek Primary School – Region 4; St. Ignatius Primary School – Region 9; and, No. 58 Miles Primary School – Region 10;
- Outfitting a total of 80 government buildings with solar photovoltaic panels which generated 2,145 megawatt-hours of electricity;
- Expansion of the coverage of electricity to hinterland communities, through the expenditure of $129 million on the installation, upgrading and extension of distribution networks in Orealla, Siparuta, Port Kaituma and Moco Moco; and, major rehabilitation to the two generators managed by the Port Kaituma Power & Light Co. Inc.;
- Upgrading of power generation utilities, specifically the rehabilitation of 33 kilometres of medium voltage and low voltage distribution networks in Regions 4 and 5, at a cost of $3.5 billion; and;
- Installation of 6,644 smart meters in forty-three communities in Regions 3, 4 and 5.