A Canadian-based company specializing in the provision of solar energy has responded to the call by President David Granger for the diaspora to invest here.
The company, GreenHeartTree Energy (GHTE), which commenced operations in Guyana last month, entered at a time when the country is intensifying its efforts to push a green energy agenda.
Last month, GHTE commissioned a 10Kw system to power the Paramakatoi Flavours Sun Dried Tomato Processing Plant. According to the company, since the system was installed, the Plant has been running on a reliable source of green energy without a hitch.
The system is equipped with a feature that allows the owners to monitor its energy load via the internet, 24 hours a day.
The Paramakatoi project was spearheaded by local contractor Christopher Cheong who built the concrete foundation for the PV Solar Panel array. The company also acquired the skills of Aubrey Marks, an experienced solar system installer who worked alongside a Canadian based engineer from GHTE’s supplier, Franken Solar Americas, to install the system.
In a statement, the company said that this project is the beginning of GHTE’s commitment to long term investment in Guyana’s economy. Its aim is also to facilitate the transfer of knowledge, to invest in training for Guyanese to benefit, and the utilization of local skills in job creation.
At present, the company’s immediate focus is to provide affordable PV solar energy solutions for the residential and commercial markets in Guyana.
“We are looking to introduce to the market a PV solar system for the owners of homes and businesses that will reduce their dependence on GPL for power and lessen their electricity costs at the same time,” Chief Executive Officer Esmonde Klass has said.
He revealed that the company’s strategy is to forge relationships with multi-national companies that will result in investment locally and the creation of jobs for Guyanese. In addition, the CEO noted that the company will be working to ensure these relationships result in the transfer of technological expertise, the opening up of more economic opportunities, strengthening of the manufacturing base and new capital inflows.
“Our strength lies in the international relationships we have established,” he said, adding that GHTE sees the opportunities to contribute to Guyana’s development and they are here for the “long haul”.
The CEO also revealed that the company will be looking to introduce a PV solar system that will reduce dependency on the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) for power, while reducing the cost at which electricity will be provided.
“With this approach we will help to eliminate blackouts as there will be a collective alternative source of electricity resulting in less demand for power from the utility,” he said.