Guyana’s Hinterland Electrification Programme

Last updated: 2 August 2023

As part of Guyana’s Hinterland Energy Strategy from 2013, the Hinterland Renewable Energy project was launched in 2014 to provide energy access to rural households that are not connected to the national grid. As of 2014, 11 540 solar home systems had been installed in nearly 200 communities, along with training for 400 mostly Indigenous people for the installation and maintenance of systems. Building off this, Guyana is working to ensure universal energy access by 2030 through investments in off-grid solar systems, expansion of the Hinterland Electrification Programme, replacement and upgrade of solar powered systems, and development of micro grids at public/community buildings for large hinterland areas. Installation of 13 solar farms leading to a combined 37.5 MW of solar PV capacity are expected to be completed by 2023. In addition, Guyana received funding to install a 3 MW grid-connected solar PV system at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, along with 30 000 solar home systems to benefit Hinterland and rural communities with limited electricity access. Moreover, the completion of 20 solar PV micro-grids in Hinterland communities will be concluded in 2022. Three mini hydropower plants are also advancing to benefit Hinterland communities.

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