We came accross this article from PVPower.com about solar power potenial in Belize.
I just returned from a week-long trip to Belize, Central America. Most of my time was spent on Caye Caulker, a very small island off the north east shore of Belize City, home to 30% of Belize’s 300,000 residents. When I asked the locals, they estimated Caye Caulker to have a population of between one and two thousand. A small portion of the island has reliable electricity and utilities and not surprisingly, supports the tourism industry through guest houses, resorts, laundromats, dive shops, restaurants and bars. The other side of the island has been promised electricity and utilities for a couple of years but has yet to see any progress in the development of infrastructure.
The local population is highly dependent on the tourism industry to provide jobs and income and help elevate the profile of the newly independent nation of Belize (as of 1981, even though they still are considered part of the British Commonwealth).
The major roadblock to developing the majority of Caye Caulker is a lack of reliable electricity. Since I’m relatively new to the solar world, this was my first major eye-opening experience with the power of solar energy. Reliable photovoltaic power could alleviate development roadblocks, expand the booming tourism industry in Caye Caulker and improve the lives of the thousands of locals. The opportunity is so clear, powerful and simple.
While I was in Belize City, I noticed a small spray painted sign (I wish I would have gotten a picture of it) that read “solar panels and power inverters.” In a nation of sun, I would have expected to get a stronger showing for solar energy.
If anyone is looking to make a hospitality investment (there are plenty of resorts and lots for sale on Caye Caulker) or would like to invest in the infrastructure of Caye Caulker or any of the other Belizean islands, I’d be happy to help get the right products and system designed. It’s a perfect opportunity. The government of Belize provides tax shelter to tourism-related businesses (and from what it sounds like, that means you’re operating nearly tax-free).
It was pretty awesome to see how the power of the sun could provide more people access to the world’s second largest, highly bio-diverse coral reefs.
Here are a few pictures from my trip. They were taken on a Nikon D70 with a 70-300 telephoto lens by a very amateur photographer (me!).