The townships of Bartica and Mahdia in Region 8 and Lethem, Region 9 will benefit from an overall of 3.15-megawatt solar-powered mini-grids system totalling $1.7 billion (US$8.6 million).
The project is being funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA).
The 1.5-megawatt solar photovoltaic power plant at Bartica will benefit 15,000 residents in Bartica, while the 1-megawatt Lethem solar plant will benefit an estimated 5000 people.
Presently, Bartica (Cuyuni Mazaruni) has an installed capacity of 4.4-megawatts; Mahdia (Potaro-Siparuni), 1.2-megawatts and Lethem (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), 3.06- megawatts. Lands have been identified for the projects; in Bartica, 7.5 acres and Lethem, 5.2 acres.
A pre-bidding conference for the Bartica and Lethem projects was held at the Cara Lodge on Monday. The event attracted some 20 local and international contractors who had the opportunity to seek clarification on the scope of the jobs.
While providing an overview of the project, GEA’s Project Coordinator, Mfon Akpan explained that the projects include engineering, procurement, construction and installation, commissioning and turnkey delivery of the solar plants including battery energy storage systems in Bartica and Lethem. The jobs are to be executed in two lots or phases.