Guyana Energy Agency

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Guyana Advances with Solar PV Installations

Georgetown, September 2017: In May 2016, His Excellency President David Granger announced that the Government of Guyana will lead the way in transitioning towards greater renewable energy use by having every government building convert to utilising alternative sources of energy over the next five years. The Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) was subsequently designated by Cabinet to lead the transitioning efforts and has since been making steady progress in a number of areas.

In 2017, with oversight from GEA, 178.5kWp of new solar photovoltaic (PV) Installations have been completed. (See table below):

Table 1: List of buildings where PV System Installations have been completed. 

Public Building

Solar PV Installed

State House  

43kWp

Ministry of Finance

30kWp

Guyana School of Agriculture

13kWp

Stewartville Secondary School

12kWp

Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Scholarship Hostel, Liliendaal

10kWp

Hope Secondary School

10kWp

Richard Ishmael Secondary School

10kWp

West Demerara Secondary School

10kWp

Diamond Secondary School

10kWp

Leonora Secondary

10kWp

Bladen Hall Secondary School

10kWp

Leguan Secondary School

6.5kW with battery storage

National Library

4kWp

TOTAL

178.5kWp


Further, after an Open Tender Procurement Process, a contract was awarded for the supply and installation of Solar PV Systems at 57 Government Buildings totaling 740kWp (see table 2 below). Based on savings, a new tender is currently being advertised for the supply and installation of solar PV systems to be installed at an additional 18 Buildings with 382kWp of new solar PV systems (see table 3 below).

Additionally, tenders are currently being processed for the supply and installation of solar PV systems at State House (additional 22kWp with storage), Ministry of the Presidency (130kWp), Hydomet (6kWp), NAREI (5 buildings totaling 16kWp with battery storage), St. Cuthbert’s Mission (primary School, village benab, health centre and Doctor’s quarters totaling 4.5kWp with storage and energy efficient lights), Ministry of Health (Malaria buildings at Sand Creek and Karasabai and Kamarang totaling 0.42kWp with storage and LED lights), Anna Regina Town Hall (12 kWp), Corriverton Town Hall (8 kWp), Rose Hall Town Hall (6 kWp), Bartica Town Hall (10 kWp), Bartica Community Centre Ground (6 kWp), New Amsterdam Town Hall (12 kWp), Linden Town Hall (25 kWp), Orealla Community Radio Station (2.5 kWp) and Aishalton Community Radio Station (4 kWp).

Dr. Mahender Sharma, CEO of GEA indicated that apart from reduced energy costs and avoidance of greenhouse gas emissions, the installations will raise awareness among stakeholders about the applicability and functionality of renewable energy. He said that “…it is expected to contribute towards Guyana’s efforts to reduce reliance on imported fossil fuels through the proliferation and deployment of Renewable Energy Technologies”. He further highlighted that “…the institutions were chosen from among government buildings that the GEA would have conducted energy assessments of and from regions with ease of access to the national grid.  Priority was also given to Technical Institutions to build capacity within these institutions.

Energy Engineer of GEA Leon DeSouza explained that the majority of the systems will be grid connected “….which means that they will be generating electricity for both internal consumption while the excess energy will be supplied to the national electricity grid…” He further added that “the project will also seek to demonstrate the applicability of photovoltaic system operation and its energy contribution in Guyana”.

According to Dr. Sharma, the solar PV systems installations to be supervised by GEA will total 2.76MW in 2017 alone. Along with the planned 400kWp PV Farm with 400 kWh of energy storage to be installed by HECI, the combined installed solar PV will be an unprecedented 3.152 MWp.

3.152 MWp of new solar PV installations will produce an estimated 4,576,610 kWh of energy annually which will result in over G$269 million dollars in annual savings and result in avoided carbon dioxide emissions of 4,347 tons.

As part of the realisation of the vision to provide reliable energy in an environmentally, socially and sustainable framework, GEA intends to conduct similar exercises at other Public Institutions in Guyana. The Agency will also continue to provide technical support, monitoring and training in the use and operation of the systems.

Table 2: List of 57 Buildings where PV Systems are currently being installed.

   

Buildings

Location

kWp

1

Guyana Forestry Comission

Georgetown

20.00

2

Environmental Protection Agency EPA

Sophia ECD

20.00

3

NCERD

Georgetown

20.00

4

Culture Youth and Sport Office-MOE

Georgetown

10.00

5

Government Electrical Inspectorate - GEI

Georgetown

20.00

6

Ogle International Airport

Ogle ECD

20.00

7

Guyana Industrial Training Center

Georgetown

10.00

8

Tutorial Secondary School

Georgetown

10.00

9

Cyril Potter College of Education

Greater Georgetown

10.00

10

Ministry of Community

Georgetown

10.00

11

DPP

Georgetown

10.00

12

Forensic Lab

Greater Georgetown

10.00

13

Police Training Center

Georgetown

10.00

14

Court of Appeal

Georgetown

10.00

15

Guyana Lands and Survey

Durban Backlands

10.00

16

GNBS

Sophia ECD

20.00

17

Central Housing and Planning Authority

Georgetown

10.00

18

Hydromet Head Office

Georgetown

20.00

19

Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment

Georgetown

20.00

20

Christ Church Secondary School

Georgetown

10.00

21

Guyana Post Office

Georgetown

20.00

22

Ministry of Business

South Road G/T

10.00

23

Queenstown Secondary School

Georgetown

10.00

24

Ministry of Legal Affairs

Georgetown

10.00

25

Ptolemy Reid Rehabilitation Centre

Georgetown

10.00

26

GGMC (Guyana Geology and Mines Head Office)

Georgetown

10.00

27

NCN (National Communications Network)

Georgetown

10.00

28

Ministry of Health

Brickdam

10.00

29

Kuru Kuru Training Center

Kuru Kuru

10.00

30

LTI (Linden Technical Institute)

Linden

10.00

31

Soesdyke Secondary School

Soesdyke

10.00

32

Covent Garden Secondary School

Covent Garden

10.00

33

GLDA Head Office

Mon-Repos ECD

10.00

34

NAREI

Mon-Repos ECD

10.00

35

RDC Region 4

Mon-Repos ECD

20.00

36

Mahaicony TVETC

Mahaicony

20.00

37

Fort Welllington Secondary

Region 5

10.00

38

Bushlot Secondary School

Bushlot

10.00

39

Guyana School of Agri Head Office

Mon-Repos ECD

10.00

40

Bygeval Secondary School

Mahaica

10.00

41

Buxton Secondary School

Buxton ECD

10.00

42

RDC Region 5

Region 5

10.00

43

Charity Secondary School

Charity

10.00

44

ETI (Essequibo Technical Institute)

Essequibo

10.00

45

Uitvlugt Secondary School

Uitvlugt (WCD)

10.00

46

Patentia Secondary School

Patentia (WBD)

10.00

47

Vergenoegen Secondary School

Vergenoegen WCD

10.00

48

Anna Regina Secondary

Essequibo

10.00

49

Cotton Field Secondary

Essequibo

10.00

50

Leonora Technical Institute

Leonora

10.00

51

Upper Corentyne ITC

Skeldon

20.00

52

New Amsterdam TI

New Amterdam

20.00

53

University of Guyana- Berbice Campus

East Berbice

50.00

54

Line Path Secondary

East Berbice

10.00

55

New Amsterdam Secondary

East Berbice

10.00

56

RDC Region 6

East Berbice

10.00

57

Berbice High School

East Berbice

10.00

 

 

 

 

 

Total All Sites

 

740.00

 

Table 3: Additional 18 Buildings based on savings:

Department of Environment MOP

High St, Georgetown 

10

Ministry of Natural Resource & Environment 

Duke St, Georgetown 

42

North Ruimveldt Secondary School

Ruimveldt, Georgetown 

20

New Amsterdam Regional Hospital

New Amsterdam, Berbice 

50

St. Stanislaus College

Brickdam, Georgetown

20

Guyana Police Force Police Headquarters , Eve Leary

Young St, Georgetown

20

Ministry of Public Infrastructure (WSG Building)

Kingston, Georgetown 

40

Prime Minister Residence 

Georgetown 

10

Leonora Cottage Hospital 

Leonora, WCD 

40

Central Immigration Passport Office

Camp Steet, Gorgetown 

20

Ministry of Public Infrastructure (Murley Building)

Kingston, Georgetown 

10

Magistrate Court Plaisance

Plaisance, ECD 

10

Ministry of Telecommunications 

Camp Steet, Georgetown 

10

Teaching Service Commission 

Brickdam, Georgetown

10

Scholarship Division Ministry Of the Presidency

Durban & Vlissingen Rds

10

Public Utilities Commission 

Alberttown, Georgetown

10

Civil Defense Commission

Thomas Land 

10

Guyana Defense Force Camp Ayanganna

Thomas Land 

40

Total

 

382 kWp