Logging community to get solar lights
⎯ all existing lights to be swapped with energy-efficient LED lights
⎯ Presidential Advisor Norton says govt continues to work in the interest of all Guyanese
DPI, Guyana, Saturday, November 9, 2019
Located approximately 60km from the Linden township in Region 10, the logging community of Ituni is about to become much brighter as the government introduces environmentally friendly energy to its environs.
On Friday, Minister of Public Infrastructure, Hon. David Patterson told residents of Ituni that government has, once again, followed through on its pledge to make Ituni a more habitable community.
“I have already procured 20 solar streetlights for Ituni. They are already here and ready to be installed,” Minister Patterson said.
Taking it a step further in the ‘green’ direction, Minister Patterson pledged to replace all existing high-pressure sodium vapour lamps with light-emitting-diode [LED] lights.
With these replacements, the lights in the community will result in 80-90% energy savings since LED lights are more energy-efficient – this means that more of the electricity is converted to light rather than heat. LED lights also lack toxic compounds and are more durable.
Incorporation of LED and solar lights also allows the government to maintain its commitment towards the transition into a “Green State”, as outlined by the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS): Vision 2040.
At the meeting, Minister Patterson was accompanied by Presidential Advisor Aubrey Norton, who reminded residents that the Coalition Government is working tirelessly as it pushes forward with its developmental agenda for the country.
According to Norton, “this government has not been a government of promise. This government has been a government of delivery.”
The Presidential Advisor stated that the proposals from Ituni residents, which are geared towards diversifying its logging sector, have been forwarded to the Minister of Finance, Hon. Winston Jordan. “He [Minister Jordan] indicated very early that next year he will take the necessary action to ensure that Ituni becomes a viable community.”
Many similar governmental meetings were held in Region 3, 4, 5, 6 and 10 on Friday, November 8 to address the needs and concerns of Guyanese.