Workshop on Microgrid Energy

October 17, 2018 - October 18, 2018

From October 17-18, 2018, CLDP will conduct a workshop on microgrid energy in Guatemala City, Guatemala. This workshop follows CLDP's microgrid energy assessment in Guatemala City and Quiché, Guatemala, in January 2018. While in Guatemala City, CLDP met with key energy stakeholders including distribution and transmission companies, the Association of Renewable Energy Generators, and a private company providing solar energy kits for single homes as well as isolated systems for larger consumers. In these meetings, CLDP sought to gauge interest from the private sector in microgrids as well as analyze the barriers to catalyzing private financing into this sector. Based on its finding, CLDP will provide technical assistance on developing legal and regulatory frameworks to incentivize the use of microgrids to the governments of both Guatemala and Honduras.  

Electricity access and reliability of electricity supply are key components of economic growth both in rural communities and for industries. CLDP met with rural community leaders frustrated by limited access to electricity, as well as businesses looking for more reliable energy in order to increase production. Microgrids may offer solutions to both groups. Beginning with this workshop, 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 for microgrids. U.S. companies in particular are interested in accessing the Central American market provided a clear and transparent regulatory environment.

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 is 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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