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Leonora Technical and Vocational Institute, Leonora, Region 3, Guyana
Leonora Technical and Vocational Institute, Leonora, Region 3, Guyana

Guyana is an English speaking country located along the northern coast of South America with an area of about 215,000 km2 and a population of under 750,000. Approximately 90% of the country’s population is concentrated in and around the capital city of Georgetown and along the nearby coastline. This upper middle income country has a growing service sector; nevertheless, agricultural production and extractive industries are key contributors to its economy. 

Guyana is currently dependent on imported petroleum-based fuels as its main source of energy. However, the Energy sector is poised for significant transformation due to Guyana re-committing itself to the development of its indigenous renewable energy resources and to pursue 100% renewable energy in electricity generation in its Green State Development Strategy

According to the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), Guyana receives an average of 1,800 kWh/m2 annually. As a result, most locations across Guyana have excellent solar isolation levels and are ideal for solar PV generation. As at 2018, the total installed capacity for Solar PV in Guyana is 4.63 MW with an annual generation of 7.16 GWh.

In Guyana, solar energy is used for several purposes, including drying agricultural produce, irrigation, ICT, and to improve electricity access in rural areas. Under the Hinterland Electrification Programme, in excess of 19,000 solar PV systems had been installed in nearly 200 communities by 2018.

Additionally, during 2017 and 2018, the Government implemented its Green Public Sector programme which entailed the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems with a combined capacity of 3.02 MW of solar PV on the rooftops of 175 public or government buildings. A pilot programme for stand-alone solar street lighting was also carried out and, to date, 65 solar powered LED street lights have been installed. An additional 400 solar powered LED street lights is planned for 2019.

Guyana will shortly complete the installation of its first solar PV farm in Mabaruma, Region 1 with an installed capacity of 400 kW and within the next 2 years, a series of solar PV Farms, totaling 5.2 MW is planned for Bartica, Lethem, Mahdia, Port Kaituma, Kwakwani and Matthew’s Ridge.

Fiscal incentives include VAT and import duty exemptions for renewable electricity equipment, solar appliances, solar water heaters and solar cookstoves, one-off tax holiday of two years for corporation tax to importers of items for solar energy investments, and a change the Wear and Tear Schedule of the Income Tax Act to allow for the write off of capital expense within 2 years.

The main electric utility, Guyana Power and Light Inc. (GPL) is preparing plans for 3 utility scale solar PV farms totaling 30 MW for the national grid in the long term, as well as 0.75 MW Solar PV Farm at Wakenaam and a 4 MW Solar PV Farm at Onverwagt in the near future. Also, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is supporting the Government of Guyana and the private sector to advance solar PV initiatives. In addition to establishing a National Grid Code, GPL is working on a Code for the Integration of Distributed Generation and establishing the commercial and technical frameworks for grid-connected renewable energy systems and streamline the procedures for feed-in mechanisms.
 

NFP Details: 

Dr. Mahender Sharma.

Chief Executive Officer

Guyana Energy. Development Authority

Republic of. Guyana

Photovoltaic Map: 
Guyana Photovoltaic Map
Global Horizontal Irradiation Map: 
Guyana Global Horizontal Irradiation Map
Direct Normal Irradiation Map: 
Guyana Normal Irradiation Map

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400MW Mabaruma solar farm soon

400MW Mabaruma solar farm

Article on progress with the 1st utility scale solar PV farm in Guyana
 

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Public Utilities Commission (PUC)

The PUC is responsible for monitoring and enforcing operators' compliance with licences and standard terms and conditions for operations. It is also responsible for confirming and approving tariffs charged by public suppliers.

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Guyana Lands and Survey Commission (GLSC)

The Guyana Lands and Survey Commission (GLSC) is the main agency responsible for land surveying and administration in Guyana. It is responsible for responsible for the purchase and lease of all public lands in Guyana.

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Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs (MoIPA)

The Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs (MoIPA) has oversight over matters relating to the social, economic and environmental well-being of Indigenous Peoples and their lands.

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Ministry of Communities (MoC)

The MoC facilitates, coordinates and monitors the execution and implementation of a number of projects, programmes and activities in the various local government arms/organs.

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Ministry of Finance (MoF)

The Ministry of Finance is responsible for preparing and administering the Public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP) and for finalising counterpart financing for development projects.

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Guyana Power and Light Incorporated (GPL)

The GPL is the main power company in Guyana and is responsible for the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity to customers on the national/main grid.

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Guyana Office for Investment (GOINVEST)

This website aims to contribute to Guyana’s economic development by promoting and facilitating local and foreign private-sector investment and exports in accordance with the country’s approved investment and export strategies.

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Hinterland Electrification Company Incorporated (HECI)

The HECI functions as the focal point with regards to rural electrification in the Hinterland region and has oversight over the 6 Hinterland electric utilities.Also, the website uploads information on plans for rural electrification using renewable energy.

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Guyana Energy Agency (GEA)

The GEA is mandated to develop indigenous and renewable energy sources and promote energy efficiency and conservation with specific responsibilities for policy formulation and recommendations, implementation, research and development, monitoring and public awareness. Also, the website uploads information related to developments in the energy sector.

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Hinterland energy strategy 2014 - 2023

This energy strategy provides a 10-year plan to guide the activities of the GoG in its continuing efforts to provide increased access to modern energy to hinterland communities, to support expanding access to services and create new economic opportunities for the communities, with a focus on the use of low carbon energy sources in keeping with the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS).

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Energy policy and NDCs

This presentation provides the energy related international and national targets based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), including the reduction of dependence on fossil fuels for energy generation, achieving close to 100% renewables by 2025 through a diversified renewable energy infrastructure including biomass, solar, wind and hydropower.

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Energy transition roadmap for Guyana

This report addresses a renewable energy power expansion plan inclusive of a transition strategy based on natural gas for Guyana for the period 2017 – 2035. Further, the road map is based only on existing information and studies and incorporate both on-grid and off-grid energy generation.

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Guyana power sector policy and implementation strategy

This Guyana power sector policy has been developed following a study of eight areas of the Guyana power sector with a view to formulating policies to ensure the viability of the sector. In each of these areas the study highlighted issues which if properly addressed could make a significant impact on the power sector. Where appropriate, different options were investigated and recommendations made.

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Low Carbon Development Strategy

The Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) aims to achieve two goals: a)transform Guyana‟s economy to deliver greater economic and social development for the people of Guyana by following a low carbon development path, b)provide a model for the world of how climate change can be addressed through low carbon development in developing countries, if the international community takes the necessary collective actions, especially relating to REDD+. This update to the LCDS provides a summary of progress against both of these goals, as well as an outline on the focus of LCDS implementation for the period 2013 to 2015.

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National Development Strategy

The objectives of this strategy are to attain the highest rates of economic growth that are possible, to eliminate poverty in Guyana, to achieve geographical unity, to attain an equitable geographical distribution of economic activity and to diversify the economy.

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Guyana Energy Agency strategic plan 2016-2020

The purpose of this 2016 to 2020 Strategic Plan is to guide the activities of the Guyana Energy Agency for the next five years to ensure that stable, reliable and affordable energy is provided to all persons in Guyana within an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable framework. The Strategic Plan provides a roadmap to help navigate a changing environment and incorporates the organization’s status, vision, method and means of measuring progress. The Strategic Plan is deployed through a number of key strategic actions along with performance indicators and targets where appropriate.

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Guyana technology action plan for mitigation

This action plan for mitigation specifies activities and enabling frameworks to overcome the barriers and facilitate the transfer, adoption and diffusion of selected (prioritized) technologies in Guyana.

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Technology needs assessment

This report aims to prioritize of sectors for the mitigation component of the TNA commenced through a review of existing national policies and planning documents to identify the priority sectors where the mitigation potential are most significant.

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Draft national energy policy

This document presents the suggested national policy objectives for Guyana as well as the specific policies for energy supply, energy demand, and the attendant cross cutting issues. For the special case of electricity, the policies are intended to move Guyana towards a goal of 100 percent renewable energy by the year 2025.

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Information for Investors

This presentation provides some information about the engagement of possible investors, the existing legislation and investment framework and the types of incentives in the energy sector.

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Financing opportunities from local commercial bank

This presentation provides the initiatives of Green Loans, the type of businesses financed, including solar projects, a number of potential risks associated with lending and a number of incentives for green loans.

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Guyana Office for Investment (GOINVEST)

This website aims to contribute to Guyana’s economic development by promoting and facilitating local and foreign private-sector investment and exports in accordance with the country’s approved investment and export strategies.

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Hinterland Electrification Company Incorporated (HECI)

The HECI functions as the focal point with regards to rural electrification in the Hinterland region and has oversight over the 6 Hinterland electric utilities.Also, the website uploads information on plans for rural electrification using renewable energy.

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Guyana Energy Agency (GEA)

The GEA is mandated to develop indigenous and renewable energy sources and promote energy efficiency and conservation with specific responsibilities for policy formulation and recommendations, implementation, research and development, monitoring and public awareness. Also, the website uploads information related to developments in the energy sector.

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Ministry of Public Infrastructure

The Ministry of Public Infrastructure has regulatory responsibility in the energy sector, including for granting licenses to the public utilities and independent power producers and approval of energy projects and PPAs. Also, uploads information related to developments in the energy sector.

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Public Private Partnership (PPP) policy framework

This handbook provides the appropriate policy and institutional and legal framework for encouraging the private sector to participate more fully in procuring and financing infrastructural projects and services in the public sector, through well-designed Public Private Partnerships (PPPs).

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Guyana Energy Report Card

This  document  presents  Guyana’s  Energy  Report  Card  (ERC)  for  2017  and  was  prepared  using  data  and  information 
submitted by the Member State, which was supplemented by several online resources (see list of References). The ERC 
provides  an  overview  of  energy  sector  performance  in  Guyana  by  focusing  on  two  priority  sub-sectors:  Electricity  and 
Transportation. The ERC also includes energy efficiency, climate change, energy sector workforce, training and capacity 
building information, subject to the availability of data.  

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Tenders from Ministry of Public Infrastructure

This website provides the procurement announcements, including Expression of Interests, tenders and proposals, announced by the Ministry of Public Infrastructure.

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Governmental site with tenders

The objective of the National Procurement & Tender Administration (NPTA) of Guyana website is to facilitate the establishment and implementation of regulatory environment conducive to transparency, economy, efficiency, openness, fairness and accountability in public sector procurement.

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Solar case studies

This website provides case studies of solar projects, conducted by Guyana Energy Agency.

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Guyana Hinterland programme: Solar PV grid tie farms

This video provides the development of Guyana green state development strategy until 2040, facilitating the transition towards a 100% renewable energy. The Guyana Hinterland electrification programme, Solar PV grid-tied farms project, is a part of this renewable energy drive, designed to substitute diesel-based electricity generation in 6 mini grids utilities. The project proposes the installation of 5.2MW solar grid tied capacity across 6 selected communities, providing around 37,000 Guyanese with renewable energy by reducing annual fuel costs by 1.6 million dollars and avoiding 5.7 million kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

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A constructive initiative for Hinterland communities

The Government of Guyana launched its Hinterland Electrification Programme to take reliable energy supply to remote parts of Guyana. From 2005, numerous Amerindian communities are now benefitting from solar powered energy to their homes.

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Application of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in rural energy systems in isolated areas

The objective of this project is to improve the living conditions of populations in isolated areas which are not connected to the electricity grid, to stimulate productive activities that contribute to the sustainable development of the community, through private sector partnerships, their financial contributions, and application of CSR principles.

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Region 9 Village benefitted from GEA supported OLADE energy project

The Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) is currently providing technical support to the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE) Energy Project which seeks to implement pilot/demonstration sustainable energy initiatives in three rural communities in Guyana. So, in this project, Shulinab (also known as ‘Macushi Village’), an Amerindian community in South Central Rupununi, Region 9, received 4 solar PV systems totaling 1960 Watts peak, 6 solar powered freezers, two energy efficient wood stoves and two solar dryers.