By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter
One thousand families in 40 rural communities that did not have electricity will now be able to access this important commodity through a tripartite venture among the European Union (EU), the Government of Belize (GOB) and the Belize Electricty Limited (BEL).
When the agreement was first initiated in 2011 it was for the electrification of the 40 rural communities, but more than half of the residents could not afford the cost of connecting to the system, which required installing a service entrance, which is basic infrastructure required for proper connection, which costs between $800 and $1,200.
The EU approved that the remaining funds from the electrification project be used to install up to 850 service entrances with BEL financing another additional 150.
The project which goes by the name “Connecting Homes, Improving Lives” was launched on Thursday in Camalote Village, Cayo at the residence of Mark Andrews and his family of ten.
During the ceremony, Ambassador of the European Union to Belize, Paola Amadei, expressed the EU’s satisfaction with the efficiency with which BEL implemented the Energy Facility II electrification project, which caters to low income households.