90 more government buildings to be equipped with solar panels

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A photo of a gently sloped roof to accommodate Solar PV

THE Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) will install an additional 1.94 MW rooftop Solar Photovoltaic (PV) panels at 90 government buildings by the end of 2018. Last year the agency installed 0.96 MW PV systems on the rooftops of 70 government buildings, Public Communications Officer, Taiwo Wilson-Williams said.

She explained that in keeping with the government’s Green State Development Strategy, the GEA continues to monitor, design and advance initiatives focused on transitioning towards renewable energy and greater energy independence.

From the experience gained thus far, she said that the GEA wishes to advise permanent secretaries and heads of agencies of government entities of the following requirements in preparation for solar installation: (1)Repairs to existing roofs to ensure structural integrity and leaking is addressed; (2) Appropriate roof design for new buildings and shaded car parks to accommodate solar PV array: roof slopes should be a gentle slope and should not exceed approximately 15 degrees and as far as practical, should be south facing.

And finally, Ms. Wilson-Williams said energy storage equipment requires adequate space that is well ventilated. Therefore, a section of the building should be identified, reserved and designated as an “Energy Storage Zone” for the energy storage equipment of future solar PV systems.

“As part of the realisation of the vision to provide reliable energy in an environmentally, socially and sustainable framework, GEA will continue to provide technical support, monitoring and training in the use and operation of the systems,” she said.