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Capacity Development in Renewable Energy Policies and Mapping

Capacity Development in Renewable Energy Policies and Mapping

State 

completed

Date 

1 July, 2015 to 1 September, 2016

Country 

Belize

Region 

Caribbean

Summary

A significant portion of energy used in Belize comes from imported resources, with Mexico supplying about 40% of the electricity consumed in the country; this has a significant impact on its foreign exchange reserves. The main utility, Belize Electricity Ltd. (BEL) is able to meet the peak demand and provide access to electricity to more than 85% of the population.

Following the Strategic Plan, the Government of Belize set out a goal to reduce the imported electricity and substitute it with domestically produced electricity mainly from renewable energy resources. The plan includes ambitious goals, such as reducing the country’s imported fuels by 50% by 2020 and collecting and assessing countrywide data on solar, wind and hydro potential in order to increase electricity generation capacity and eventually become a net exporter. Furthermore, the Strategic Plan also has concrete targets to achieve universal electricity access for the remaining 15% of the population without access by 2033.

One of the major barriers to achieving these goals is the limited technical capacity available in the country. In addition, there is also no clear mapping of available renewable energy resources to move forward with the expansion of the domestic power production capacity. Therefore, MPSEPU requested technical assistance from the EUEI PDF to facilitate the effective implementation of the Strategic Plan.

The overall purpose of the technical assistance was to enhance the capacity of MPSEPU in order to assist in the development of an effective policy and strategy framework for renewable energy and ensure the successful implementation of the 11th European Development Fund of €13.5 million to the energy sector in Belize, which will be disbursed in 2017.

In the frame of this project the following milestones have been achieved:

  • Assessment of existing and future workforce capacity and training needs in the renewable energy sector; and development of a recommended capacity development plan for Belize;
  • Development of a strategy for continuous renewable energy resource mapping and provided recommendations on primary data collection and management;
  • Development of an Off-grid Rural Electrification Assessment and Strategy;
  • Update of Sustainable Energy Roadmap including Sustainable Energy Targets, recommendation for  Sustainable Energy Technology Screening Criteria and recommendations for technologies and a further roadmapping process.

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