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Zenna - Belize II

Solar Education Belize

 Contract: 2016.14
Photovoltaics

Solar Education Belize

Project type:

Education and Quality Control

Technology:

Photovoltaics

Country:

Belize

Project Status:

Ongoing

Project Start:

December 2016

End of Project:

Planned 2018

Partner:

ZENNA AG, Murg, www.zenna.ch, Lukas Küffer

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Swiss Contribution

ZENNA is a company specialized in photovoltaics with over 10 years of experience. The Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), Swissolar and Solafrica have experience in training photovoltaic experts. Locally, the project is supported by the Centre for Employment (Cayo CET), Solar Energy Solutions Belize (SESB) and also by the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology and Public Utilities Belize (MESTPU).

Description

ZENNA and several Swiss and local partners, have implemented a mini-grid for 45 households within the framework of the REPIC project, “Proof of Concept: Smart Solar Off-Grid for La Gracia (REPIC contract 2015.09),” through the use of a 24 kW photovoltaic power system with battery storage and a back-up gas generator.

Belize has a lack of trained personnel in the field of photovoltaics. Therefore, it is imperative that new specialists be trained for the regional multiplication of photovoltaic systems in various sizes, as well as system maintenance. The REPIC project “Solar Education Belize” includes the development, pilot-stage planning and implementation of two locally adapted training courses (Solar Technician Course) and the maintenance and operation (Solar Caretaker Course) of photovoltaic systems.

The aim is to integrate the courses into the training programmes offered by Belize and regularly include these educational possibilities in the future.