Microgrid Energy Assessment in Guatemala

January 24, 2018 - January 28, 2018

From January 25-28, CLDP will conduct a microgrid energy assessment in Guatemala City, Guatemala. The assessment is part of a project that seeks to accelerate rural economic growth in both Guatemala and Honduras. For this project, CLDP will provide technical assistance to the governments of both countries in developing legal and regulatory frameworks to incentivize the use of microgrids to bridge the gap in the current electricity supply. Electricity access and reliability of electricity supply are key components of economic growth both in rural communities and for industries.

While in Guatemala City, CLDP will meet with key energy stakeholders from both the public and private sector, including the Ministry of Energy and Mines, the Association of Renewable Energy Producers, distribution and transmission companies, and a private solar energy company. The delegation will also travel outside of Guatemala City to visit communities and companies in the Western Highlands region who could potentially benefit from micro-grid projects.  

In these meetings, CLDP will gauge interest from the private sector in microgrids as well as analyze the legal and regulatory barriers to catalyzing private financing into this sector. CLDP’s technical assistance program will help stakeholders develop model contracts, tender procedures, financial models, and other commercial tools needed to attract private investment into the market. U.S. companies in particular are interested in accessing the Central American market provided the regulatory environment becomes more transparent. CLDP's first assessment will look at legal and regulatory barriers to catalyzing private financing into this sector.

Funding from this project comes from the Department of State as part of the U.S. Strategy for Engagement in Central America, a bipartisan, multi-year U.S. government plan promoting institutional reforms and addressing developmental challenges in the region. This project is one of three that CLDP will begin implementing in the region in support of the Strategy’s aim to protect American citizens by addressing the security, governance, and economic drivers of illegal immigration and illicit trafficking, while increasing opportunities for U.S. and other businesses.

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