Chaa Creek, Belize’s first and most enthusiastic Green eco resort has applauded the Japanese government’s offer to build a $20 million photo-voltaic solar energy grid on 2.04 acres of land in Belize.
“This is the sort of investment in a sustainable future for Belize we love to see, “Chaa Creek proprietor Lucy Fleming said yesterday. “Our hats are off to Japan for such a generous donation of technology, expertise and funding. It’s a wonderful example of a responsible global partner helping to preserve one of the world’s most pristine areas.”
The grid will produce clean energy with photovoltaic panels, with installation of the system beginning August this year at the University of Belize’s Central Campus. A memorandum of understanding signed this week sets out that the electricity generated will be purchased by Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) with the Government of Belize transferring the income obtained by the sales of power as grants to UB. After 10 years, UB can acquire the rights to own and manage the PV system.
The Government of Japan, in collaboration with the GOB, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will provide financial support for the operation and design of the PV systems. JICA has already contributed $20 million for this one year project, and UB will work along with BEL, the Ministry of Works and other organizations for the procurement and maintenance of equipment.
“We see this not only as a wonderful project in itself, but as a way to keep promoting solar energy in Belize as a viable, non polluting means of meeting our power needs with the least impact on our pristine rainforests, Caribbean seacoast and the Belize Barrier Reef,” Ms Fleming said.
The Lodge at Chaa Creek has been a leader in responsible travel and sustainable, green practices in Belize since it began operations in 1981. Set within a private 365 acre nature reserve bordered by the Macal River and the foothills of Maya Mountains, the Chaa Creek area contains numerous Maya archaeological sites and Maya temples. The eco resort has been consistently awarded and globally acknowledged for its green practices and educational efforts.
“This is one more example of how we can work with other nations to preserve Belize’s unique natural wonders for the entire world to enjoy for generations to come,” Ms Fleming said.