Photovoltaics in Suriname favors development

The rural microgrid photovoltaic project, undertaken by Power Construction Corporation of China (PowerChina) in Suriname, is in line with the country’s energy strategy and has improved the lives of people in disadvantaged inland areas, said the Minister of Natural Resources of Suriname, David Abiamofo.

In a recent interview with Xinhua, Abiamofo explained that power supply in the hinterland areas depends on the government to provide diesel fuel.

“Most inland villages only have electricity for a few hours a day. Therefore, continuous supply of power, i.e. 24 hours a day and seven days a week, is very important,” he said. .

To meet the urgent needs of the people of Suriname, PowerChina signed a contract with the Ministry of Natural Resources of Suriname in September 2019 for the first phase of a microgrid photovoltaic project in the villages of Goejaba and Pikin Slee.

In May 2020, the first rural microgrid photovoltaic project was officially put into operation, which solved the electricity problem in nearby towns. In October 2021, the second phase of the project was launched.